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Final fracas teams charged

27 Feb 2007 - 13:28:00

The Football Association has charged Arsenal and Chelsea with misconduct following the brawl that marred Sunday's Carling Cup Final between the two sides.

Gunners defender Emmanuel Eboue has also been charged with violent conduct for striking Chelsea's Wayne Bridge, while his team-mate Emmanuel Adebayor has been charged with reacting aggressively and failing to leave the field of play immediately after being shown a red card.

The charge for the two clubs alleges that the clubs failed to ensure that their "players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative and/or violent behaviour".

The two London sides have until 14 March to respond to the charge, while Eboue and Adebayor must respond by 6pm on Wednesday.

Chelsea won the game at the Millennium Stadium 2-1, with Gunners duo Kolo Toure and Adebayor sent off late on by referee Howard Webb, along with Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel.

Mikel and Adebayor have both launched appeals against their red cards.


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