Pardew charged by FA with improper conduct

Hammers boss Alan Pardew has been charged by the FA with improper conduct following Sunday's Premiership match with Arsenal and has two weeks to respond.

Managing Director Paul Aldridge said: "West Ham United are astonished by this charge. We believe Alan Pardew did no more than celebrate in a passionate manner following a crucial goal in a London derby.

"Alan Pardew has the full backing of the board with regards to this charge, which will be defended vigorously."

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger has also been charged with improper conduct.