Sunderland charged for failing to control players against Man City

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Sunderland have been charged by the Football Association for failing to control their players during the 3-3 Premier League draw at Manchester City.

Black Cats players surrounded referee Phil Dowd and reacted angrily when he awarded City a penalty at Ethiad Stadium on Saturday.

The FA said Sunderland failed "to ensure players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion".

The club has until 1600 BST on 11 April to respond to the charge.

City striker Mario Balotelli scored the penalty to cancel out Sebastian Larsson's opener for Sunderland.

The visitors restored their lead via Nicklas Bendtner's header and extended it when Larsson met Bendtner's cross.

But Balotelli fired in his second before Aleksandar Kolarov drilled home to rescue a draw.

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