Newcastle United and Sunderland have both been charged with misconduct by the English FA after last Sunday’s unruly Tyne-Wear derby game.
This is the FA Statement that was issued today:
“Newcastle United and Sunderland have both been charged with misconduct following the match between the two sides on Sunday, March 4, 2012.”
“The charge is that the clubs failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour and is in relation to an incident which occurred in the 19th minute following a challenge by Sunderland’s James McClean on Newcastle’s Danny Simpson.
“Both clubs have until 4pm on March 12, 2012 to respond to the charge.”
Simpson reacted to a McClean’s tackle in the first half and the melee at one point involved 21 players, and finally the referee Mike Dean was able to bring things under control, and gave yellow cards to both McClean and Simpson.
During the game Mike Dean issued eight yellow cards in total and two reds to Sunderland players Lee Cattermole and Stephane Sessegnon, and in the first minute Cattermole made a ridiculous lunging tackle on Cheick Tiote, which set the tone for the game.
And one thing we didn’t like at all were the confrontations between the two benches, and after the game Alan Pardew rightly apologized for his over-reaction to the Newcastle equalizer in stoppage time, when he celebrated rather blatantly right in front of Sunderland’s bench.
And Martin O’Neil made a big point immediately after the game, suggesting Newcastle officials had visited the referee at half time, and then yesterday he objected to Alan Pardew’s contention that Sunderland had a game plan to rough up Newcastle players.
The two managers need to cool it – and we hope that Alan Pardew does not respond to any questions regarding Martin’s comments yesterday, at his news conference later this week – it’s time to bring this thing to a close.
And given the nonsense that was going on both on and off the field last Sunday, especially in that first half, it’s not surprising the FA have charged both clubs.
What do you think?