Arsenal and Newcastle have until Thursday to respond to the FA charges of failing to control their players during Saturday’s 0-0 draw at St James’ Park.
Derek LLambias – will contest FA Charge
Arsenal have already appealed the red card given to Gervinho,and there will be a decision on that today, but also Alex Song is very likely to face a three match ban because of what looked like a deliberate stamp on Joey Barton.
The particular event was missed by match referee Peter Walton.
And Newcastle confirmed yesterday that they would be contesting the charge from the FA, although no word from Arsenal yet, as to their plans.
Joey Barton received a yellow card in that altercation with Gervinho, but then tweeted after the game that he had “went down easily” from a Gervinho slap to the face.
Why can’t he just keep quiet?
Joey threw himself to the floor when Gervinho slapped him, and that ended in the Ivorian getting his marching orders.
We think Newcastle will defend the charge on the basis that Barton was the only Newcastle player who acted out of line, when he dragged Gervinho up by his collar after the Arsenal winger had taken his dive.
But Joey had been stamped on earlier in the game by Alex Song, which looked deliberate, and Newcastle will point out that Joey did nothing about that, other than to try to bring it to the other attention of the match officials.
How could four officials miss the stamp?
And Newcastle will also point out that they have already issued directives to their players on the use use of Twitter, and the use other social network sites, and are one of the first clubs in the country to do that.
We’re sure that the FA will also be looking into Joey’s tweets after the game, which did nothing to calm the situation.
And those tweets have now made it more difficult for Newcastle to defend themselves against the FA charges, because of Joey’s admissions.
We think the club has a decent chance of satisfactorily answering the FA charges, but whether Newcastle will receive any punishment, we don’t know.