QPR charged over Man City free-kick controversy

QPR players protest at Mike Dean's decision
Victory against Manchester City would have lifted QPR out of the relegation zone

QPR have been charged by the Football Association with failing to control their players after a goal was controversially disallowed in their 2-2 draw at home to Manchester City.

Charlie Austin's early strike was ruled out as City goalkeeper Joe Hart had taken two touches to clear his penalty box with a free-kick beforehand.

Several QPR players surrounded referee Mike Dean to question the decision.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp said it was "a bit harsh" not to allow the goal.

However, Redknapp also conceded that "if that's the rule then that's the rule".

Law 13 of the game states that if a free-kick taken by a defending team inside its own penalty "is not kicked directly out of the penalty area, the kick is retaken."

QPR, who twice led against the Premier League champions before Sergio Aguero's 83rd-minute equaliser, have until 18:00 GMT on Monday, 17 November to respond to the charge.

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