Sunderland have been accused of lacking fight at times this season, but now find themselves accused of the exact opposite. The FA have confirmed they have charged the Black Cats for over-zealous protests over Everton's (correctly) awarded penalty last week:
A brief statement on the FA's official website read:
Sunderland have been charged by The FA following their game against Everton on 9 November 2014.
It is alleged that in or around the 76th minute of the game, the club failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.
The club has until 6pm on 17 November 2014 to respond to the charge.
Meanwhile, Emanuele Giaccherini has been linked with a January move to Italian giants Napoli, possibly to help fund yet another fresh approach for Fabio Borini, who has once again been linked with a return.
Giaccherini's agent told an Italian radion station:
I know their director of sport Bigon and if he wants a player I represent, then he calls me, which he hasn't done so far.
Giaccherini gets on well in Sunderland, but he's flattered by the possibility of joining Napoli and a return to Serie A is also intriguing.
If Bigon called, could a deal go through? I don't know, but when you want to achieve something, you achieve it: there's nothing holding him back.