Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo has been charged with violent conduct by the FA, in the Newcastle vs Southampton match on Saturday, and that takes some doing since Osvaldo had been replaced at half time and was on the bench before the confrontation late in the game began.
The panto at St. James’ Park – two charged
The confrontation occurred when Newcastle’s players and coaches reacted to a terrible Morgan Schneiderlin tackle on Massadio Haidara, who had been brought on in the second half in place of Davide Santon.
Newcastle’s goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman has also been charged – with improper conduct – following the melee, and this is the statement issued by the FA earlier tonight:
“Newcastle United coach Andy Woodman and Southampton player Dani Osvaldo have both been charged by the FA following an incident in the recent fixture between the two clubs.”
“Osvaldo has been charged with violent conduct in relation to the incident in the 94th minute of the game at St James’ Park on Saturday, December 14.”
“Meanwhile, Woodman, who was sent to the stands following the incident, has been charged with improper conduct. Neither club will face charges.”
“Both parties have until December 23 to respond to the charges.”
The incident was referred to as a panto (pantomone) by Newcastle manager after the game, as Alan Pardew had this to say:
“It was a bit of panto season. I’m not going to get carried away with that because it shouldn’t take the headlines.”
“The battle is on the pitch and that was a terrific battle. The one on the sideline was pretty pathetic, what I saw of it, and best forgotten.”
“I had my back to it most of the time. I just said to their manager, ‘Just get your staff in, I’ll get my staff in and let’s get on with it because we want to win the game’, and he was of the same opinion as me.”
It seems the two managers were the only sensible ones in all of this – the melee happened in stoppage time – and both teams were still going for the win – to their credit.
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