The Football Association has charged Everton striker Duncan Ferguson with violent behaviour and improper conduct.

The charge comes in the wake of his sending off at Leicester on Saturday when he became embroiled in a clash with Steffen Freund before allegedly made an obscene gesture sign to Foxes’ fans as he left the pitch.

The FA said: “Ferguson has been charged in relation to an incident involving Leicester’s Steffen Freund and a gesture to the crowd respectively.

“He has 14 days to respond,” said a statement on the FA’s official website. Everton manager

Everton manager David Moyes told the Liverpool Echo newspaper: “I am not totally convinced it was a sending-off but what Duncan did afterwards was unacceptable. I am disappointed in that.”

Ferguson is also under investigation by the FA for alleged racist comments against Fulham’s Louis Boa Morte.