Mark Hughes: Stoke City manager fined by FA

Stoke manager Mark Hughes has been fined £8,000 by the Football Association after admitting to a charge of improper conduct.

The 50-year-old Welshman was sent to the stands in his side's 5-1 Premier League loss at Newcastle on Boxing Day.

He was angry at midfielder Glenn Whelan's dismissal.

But Hughes has avoided a touchline ban and is free to take control of his side in Saturday's FA Cup third-round tie with Leicester.

A statement from the FA said: "Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has been fined the standard penalty of £8,000 after he admitted an FA misconduct charge.

"The charge was that his behaviour in or around the 40th minute of Stoke's game against Newcastle United on 26 December 2013 amounted to improper conduct."

Hughes was critical of referee Martin Atkinson following the game.

"There were a lot of decisions that left a lot to be desired," he said.

Hughes was ordered to the stands at St James' Park after he reacted in fury to Whelan's first-half dismissal and was still making his way to his seat when defender Marc Wilson was also sent off.