Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has been charged by the Football Association after he was sent off during their 2-0 defeat to Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola 's side temporarily moved top of the Premier League table after beating Villa in a hard-fought match at the Etihad Stadium.

The game swung on a controversial moment in the 79th minute when Rodri dispossessed Tyrone Mings, after coming from an offside position, to feed Bernardo Silva, who dribbled through and curled a shot past Emi Martinez.

The goal has caused a huge debate on social media and across the football community, with the laws of the game showing the goal was correct to stand, although many have argued whether the rule should be altered.

Smith was sent off for his protests against Silva 's opener and he has now been charged by the FA.

The Villa boss revealed why he was sent off by John Moss: "I said to the fourth official David Coote, 'did you get juggling balls for Christmas?' I don't think any other manager would get sent off for that."

The FA have now confirmed Smith has been charged for allegedly using abusive and/or insulting language towards a match official in the 81st minute at the Etihad Stadium.

A statement released on Thursday said: “Dean Smith has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3 following Aston Villa FC’s Premier League match against Manchester City FC on Wednesday [20/01/21].

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“It is alleged that the manager used abusive and/or insulting language towards a match official during the 81st minute.

“Dean Smith has until Tuesday [26/01/21] to respond to the charge.”

Ilkay Gundogan scored a late penalty to seal a 2-0 victory which extended City's winning run to nine matches across all competitions.