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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.

Both Newcastle

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.

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