Sheffield Wednesday's Gary Megson hit with FA charge

Sheffield Wednesday boss Gary Megson has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association.

The Owls' boss was sent to the stands after comments made to referee Steve Rushton during the 1-1 draw at Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday in League One.

The 51-year-old was incensed with Rushton after he awarded the Daggers an 80th minute penalty after spotting a Darren Potter handball.

Megson, who has until Thursday to respond, has already written to the FA.

"I've written on some issues that went on, nothing to do with the penalty," he told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"I don't expect to have any joy but this isn't about myself, it's about the performance of the officials.

"I'm not looking to vindicate myself. Sometimes I do get carried away on the line and my language is poor - and I don't like doing it.

"But it's very difficult when you see some of the things that were happening on that pitch on Saturday not to get carried away."

Megson's main point of contention was that Dagenham boss John Still talked to the referee at half-time and put his arm around the official.

"I saw their manager, who's a great bloke, with his arm around the referee for 40 yards, and I didn't realised he'd spoken to him before the game," Megson continued.

"We aren't supposed to do that - it creates an impression that if it can work and help then we should all be doing it and that would make the referee's job even harder."

He added: "And then the fourth official sent Rob Jones onto the pitch and I heard him do it. Then the referee got the hump and sent him off again - and the fourth official said he never sent him on, but he did.

"I thought it was the worst performance from a group of officials as I've ever seen."

Immediately after the game, Megson had said: "Everybody views it as massive Sheffield Wednesday against poor little Dagenham and the referee got sucked into that.

"The referee in the second half was one-eyed at best, I thought it was awful."

Wednesday currently lie 16th in League One, with Megson managing just two wins since being appointed manager at Hillsborough in February.