Sunderland handed FA fine
Black Cats punished for conduct during draw with City
By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo. Last Updated: April 20, 2012 3:48pm
Sunderland have been fined £30,000 by the Football Association after a misconduct charge was found to be correct.
The charge related to the conduct of the Sunderland players towards referee Phil Dowd during the 3-3 draw at Manchester City on March 31.
The Staffordshire official awarded a controversial penalty in the 43rd minute after adjudging Craig Gardner had fouled City striker Edin Dzeko in the area.
In the immediate aftermath, several Sunderland players crowded round Dowd to voice their disapproval.
That prompted an FA charge, and the game's governing body today confirmed the Wearsiders, who denied the charge, had been fined as well as warned to their future conduct.