FA charge for Southampton following Norwich City penalty fracas

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino goes onto the pitch to confront referee Mark Clattenburg abo

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino goes onto the pitch to confront referee Mark Clattenburg about the award of the penalty at the end of the game. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Southampton have been charged by the Football Association with failing to control their players following the award of a late penalty to Norwich City in Saturday's Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road.

After consulting with his assistant, referee Mark Clattenburg ruled that Luke Shaw had pushed Grant Holt just inside the penalty area.

Keeper Artur Boruc kept out the spot-kick to ensure the game finished goalless but Southampton players continued to protest after the final whistle, and were joined on the pitch by manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The club has until 4pm on Friday to respond to the charge.

Earlier the FA confirmed that no action will be taken against Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand for his clash with Chelsea striker Fernando Torres in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Ferdinand appeared to barge the Spain international to the ground before helping him to his feet in an off-the-ball collision which went unseen by referee Howard Webb.

However, a spokesman for the FA said Ferdinand would not face retrospective action.