Dawson denies FA charge

Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson has denied an FA charge of improper conduct levelled for the way he reacted to his red card at Stoke last weekend.

Dawson, a centre-half, was charged Tuesday after being dismissed in stoppage time during the defeat against Stoke on Sunday and the charge relates to his response when ordered off by referee Lee Mason in stoppage time.

"Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson has denied a charge of improper conduct and requested a personal hearing," said an FA statement.

A regulatory commission will hear Dawson's case on Thursday.

Tottenham are currently bottom of the Premier League following their worst start to a season which has left them without a win from their opening eight league matches.