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West Brom's Chris Brunt set to face FA over charge

By Nick Mashiter

West Brom's Chris Brunt has requested a personal hearing after being charged by the Football Association for allegedly verbally abusing a match official.

The Northern Ireland international is alleged to have used abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour in the tunnel after last Saturday's 2-0 FA Cup quarter final defeat to Aston Villa.

A club statement read: "Chris Brunt has requested a personal hearing after being charged by The Football Association.

"The midfielder will continue to be available for selection, including tomorrow's Premier League clash against Stoke, until a date for the hearing is finalised."

Referee Anthony Taylor sent off Albion's Claudio Yacob and Villa's Jack Grealish during the game, which sent Villa through to the semi finals where they will play Blackburn or Liverpool.

An FA statement on Brunt, released on Monday, said: "It is alleged that in or around the tunnel area after the end of the fixture the player used abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards a match official."

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