Everton manager Marco Silva insists he did not act in an aggressive or disrespectful manner as he awaits the outcome after being charged with improper conduct by the Football Association.
Silva – the subject of this week’s Manager in the Media feature – confronted referee Lee Mason and his assistants on the pitch after his side let slip a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 at Newcastle last weekend.
The Portuguese said at his press conference to preview Sunday’s clash against Chelsea: “I didn’t receive the answer yet. Of course, what they say to me or what they did, I’m here to respect. I ask them and now I’m waiting.
“In that moment I wasn’t happy, first of all with ourselves and with some decisions, also. But I never was aggressive, never disrespectful with the referee, also.
“I didn’t use abusive words or something like that and in that moment I wasn’t happy with the two decisions. I was clear with what I said to the referee and to the assistant about the situation.”