Wenger and Pardew charged

08 November 2006 02:45
The Football Association has charged both West Ham United manager Alan Pardew and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger with improper conduct following their ill-tempered spat at Upton Park on Sunday. The pair clashed on the touchline following the Hammers' 1-0 victory in the Premiership. A brief statement on the FA's official website read: "The charges relate to their alleged aggressive and confrontational behaviour towards the end of the match at Upton Park on Sunday 5 November. "They have until 23 November to respond." Wenger has remained silent since the incident but Pardew apologised for his actions, saying: "If I was over-zealous in my celebrations, which I'm sure I was, I apologise fully to Arsene and Arsenal. "We've had a tough old season here and maybe it came out. Arsene was annoyed with that, maybe quite rightly so, but I hope that I can iron that out and we will be big enough to look each other in the eye. "It was nothing personal, I was celebrating the goal. I've got great respect for him and that won't change. "He is a top guy and I really respect him. I thought I was entitled to celebrate the goal after a pulsating game." Wenger refused to shake Pardew's hand after the game.

Source: ESA