Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been charged with improper conduct during Monday's Premier League defeat by Fulham, the Football Association (FA) said Wednesday.
The Uruguayan forward was charged, the FA said, "in relation to an alleged gesture made towards the Fulham fans at the end of the fixture". Suarez has until 1600GMT on Monday to respond to the charge.
Liverpool were also were hit with a separate charge of failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion, following the sending off of midfielder Jay Spearing in the same match at Craven Cottage. Fulham won 1-0 thanks to a late Clint Dempsey goal after Liverpool had been reduced to ten men.
"We'll look after Luis as best we can, and I think it's about time he got a bit of protection from some people," said Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, who admitted he hadn't seen the incident involving Suarez and the Fulham fans, after the match.
Dalglish has said of the striker: "His integrity is impeccable. He can look in the mirror and go to bed at night and sleep soundly."
Spearing was shown a straight red card by referee Kevin Friend for a tackle on Mousa Dembele where he won the ball but caught his opponent in the follow through. "Jay will be upset, obviously. But we will look at it and see if it's worth while appealing," Dalglish said.