Surprising news tonight that the FA have charged both the Newcastle United and Arsenal clubs, for failing to control their players in the game on Saturday, which ended in a 0-0 draw.
Alan Pardew – Newcastle manager
The Football Association has released the following statement:
Newcastle United and Arsenal have been charged by The FA with failing to control their players following Saturday’s (13 August) fixture at St James’ Park.
Both clubs have been charged following a mass confrontation of players following an incident in which Arsenal’s Gervinho was also shown a red card in the 75th minute.
Following Gervinho’s dismissal Arsenal have today lodged a claim that the standard punishment of a three-match suspension is clearly excessive. A regulatory Commission will hear that claim on 16 August.
Meanwhile Arsenal’s Alex Song has been charged separately by The FA with violent conduct following an incident earlier in the same fixture.
Both clubs have until 4 pm on Thursday, 18th August, to respond to the charge, whilst Song must reply by 6pm on 16 August, which is tomorrow.
We do believe that both Gervinho and Song will end up with three match bans, but we’re not sure what the penalty will be against the two clubs.
Obviously it’s not a good way to start the season for the Tyneside club, and which player do you think Newcastle failed to control on their team?
If Joey Barton hadn’t gone over and dragged Gervinho from the ground by his collar, none of this would have happened, and Joey needs to learn not to react on the playing field – but how often have you heard that one?
Joey wasn’t the only player on the pitch at fault in the incident of course, to be fair to him, but he’s got to stop putting Newcastle on the front pages, for all the wrong reasons.