Newcastle and Arsenal charged by FA
Newcastle United and Arsenal were charged by the FA on Monday for failing to control their players during...
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Newcastle United and Arsenal were charged by the FA on Monday for failing to
control their players during their bad-tempered goalless draw in the opening
Premier League match of the season at St James' Park on Saturday.
Arsenal's new striker Gervinho was sent off
on his debut for striking Newcastle's
Joey Barton, while their midfielder Alex Song could face sanctions after being
charged with violent conduct after stamping on Barton in an incident which was
missed by referee Peter Walton.
Both clubs reported the news on their
websites and have until August18 to appeal against the charges.
Arsenal have already said they will appeal
Gervinho's sending off.
In a statement the FA said: "Both clubs
have been charged following a mass confrontation of players following an
incident in which Arsenal's Gervinho was shown a red card in the 75th
There was a mass confrontation of players
following the incident with Newcastle's
players claiming Gervinho dived to try and gain a penalty.
Following Gervinho's dismissal Arsenal lodged
a claim that the standard punishment of a three-match suspension was excessive.
Both clubs have until 1600 (5:00 p.m. BST) on
Thursday to respond to the charges. Song must reply by 1800 (7:00 p.m. BST) on
Barton was shown a yellow card for his part
in the confrontation.