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Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association following his actions during his side's defeat against Arsenal on Saturday.

Di Canio was angered by Martin Atkinson's decision to rule out USA international forward Jozy Altidore's goal after the referee did not allow play to continue after the striker was fouled by Bacary Sagna.

The Italian was also annoyed by Arsenal’s suspected time-wasting, and after a brief argument with Atkinson, he was sent to the stands.

"He came to me and said 'If you keep going with your manner I will send you up to the stand'" Di Canio said immediately after the match. "I said, 'If you want to complete a perfect job, you can send me off.' He took it seriously and sent me off."

The FA has acted accordingly releasing a statement that read: "Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has been charged by The FA over an alleged breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to behavior that amounted to improper conduct during his side’s game against Arsenal on Saturday 14 September 2013.

Di Canio has until Thursday to respond to the charge.

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