United fined for Forest fracas

17 August 2010 06:00
Leeds and Nottingham Forest have been charged by the Football Association for failing to control their players following "a mass confrontation" during Sunday's 1-1 draw at the City Ground. The FA have also issued a separate charge of violent conduct to Forest defender Chris Gunter for stamping on Leeds striker Sanchez Watt. An FA statement said: "Leeds United and Nottingham Forest have both been charged following a mass confrontation between their two sets of players at Sunday's Championship fixture at the City Ground and have been charged under new fast-track rules with failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and have until 4pm on Friday August 20 to respond. "Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest's Chris Gunter has been charged with violent conduct following an incident in the same fixture. Gunter has been offered the penalty of a three match suspension and has until 6pm on Wednesday 18th August to admit or deny the charge." Gunter and Watt were handed yellow cards by referee Tony Bates after an exchange that sparked the second-half melee. TV replays of the incident clearly showed Gunter stamping on Watt's foot, which incensed Leeds manager Simon Grayson, but Forest manager Billy Davies defended his player and claimed Watt had initially stood on Gunter.

Source: PA