Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas and Hull City manager Phil Brown have both been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association.
The charges come following an alleged incident after Arsenal’s 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final victory over Hull at Emirates Stadium in March.
Gunners midfielder Fabregas was accused of spitting at Tigers assistant manager Brian Horton in the aftermath of the match.
Hull boss Brown insisted he saw Fabregas spit towards Horton in the tunnel at the end of the match.
Fabregas denied any wrongdoing in the incident but, after examining video evidence and statements from Hull, the FA has charged the Spain international, on two counts, and Brown.
A statement on the FA’s official website said: “Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas and Hull City manager Phil Brown have both been charged with improper conduct.
“The charges relate to matters arising from the FA Cup match between Arsenal and Hull at the Emirates Stadium on 17th March.
“Fabregas faces two charges of improper conduct relating to his conduct on the pitch following the game.
“One charge concerns his behaviour in coming onto the pitch after the final whistle, the second charge relates to an alleged spitting incident. The charges are based on submissions from Hull City and video evidence.”
Meanwhile, Brown’s charge includes bringing the game into disrepute relating to comments made regarding referee Mike Riley after the game.
The statement added: “Brown is charged with improper conduct and/or bringing the game into disrepute in relation to media comments made after the game concerning referee Mike Riley.”