Arsenal and Newcastle ponder FA charge over Gervinho and Joey Barton incidents

16 August 2011 09:35
By Telegraph staff

4:20PM BST 16 Aug 2011


The game represented a bad-tempered start to the season for both clubs with Arsenal forward Gervinho sent off in the second half for striking Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton following what the home side claimed was a dive in the penalty area.

Arsenal have appealed that red card, but their midfielder Alex Song could now also face disciplinary action after his stamp on Barton, which had inflamed the situation, was missed by referee Peter Walton.

Newcastle confirmed yesterday they would contest the charge although Arsenal have not yet indicated their plans.

A statement from the FA read yesterday: "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.

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Source: Telegraph