Arsenal's Song banned for three matches
Arsenal midfielder Alex Song will miss his club's next three Premier League matches after accepting an FA...
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Arsenal midfielder Alex Song will miss his club's next three Premier League
matches after accepting an FA charge of violent conduct following Saturday's
opening league game at Newcastle United.
Song was charged after appearing to stamp on
the leg of opponent Joey Barton during the ill-tempered 0-0 draw.
Although the referee missed the incident and
did not book him, television replays clearly showed the incident and the FA
reviewed the case afterwards.
His team mate Gervinho was sent off in the
match for slapping Barton and both players will now miss the forthcoming games
against Liverpool, Manchester United and Swansea.
The FA confirmed Song's suspension in a
statement on Wednesday, saying he would be eligible to play in the return leg
of Arsenal's Champions League playoff against Udinese next Wednesday. The north
London club won
the first leg 1-0 at home on Tuesday.
and Arsenal have until Thursday to respond to a further FA charge of failing to
control their players during Saturday's match at St James' Park.