SUNDERLAND and Lincoln City have both been charged by the FA after a fracas occurred on the touchline during last week's game at the Stadium of Light.

Black Cats head coach Lee Johnson is also facing an individual FA charge after he was shown a red card in the closing stages of his side's 3-1 defeat.

The flashpoint occurred after Callum Doyle committed a foul close to the touchline in front of the technical areas.

A large amount of pushing and shoving ensued, with members of both coaching teams getting involved.

An FA statement read: "Sunderland AFC and Lincoln City FC have been charged with a breach of FA Rule E20.1 following their EFL League One game on Tuesday 11 January 2022.

"It is alleged that both clubs failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour during the 95th minute.

"Sunderland AFC and Lincoln City FC have until Wednesday 19 January 2022 to provide their respective responses."

Johnson is facing another charge in the wake of his red card, which resulted in him having to leave the technical area.

The statement added: "In addition, Lee Johnson has been charged with two breaches of FA Rule E3.1.

"It is alleged that the Sunderland AFC manager’s conduct during the 95th minute of this game was also improper and/or violent, and it was also improper following his sending off.

"He too has until Wednesday 19 January 2022 to provide a response."

Speaking at the end of last week, Johnson indicated that he would seek a personal hearing into the incident.

Johnson said: "I'll be asking for a personal hearing. It's very difficult when an 18-year-old's (Doyle) on the floor, being attacked, and someone's steaming down your throat at 100mph from 15 yards away, not to put your arm up in self-defence.

"That incident will be looked at, and I'll do everything I can to argue my case, and in my opinion, I should be let off."