Newcastle and Arsenal have been charged with failing to control their players following Saturday’s Premier League fixture, the Football Association has confirmed.
A brawl erupted in the second half during Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Newcastle after Joey Barton confronted Arsenal’s Gervinho after a penalty claim. Barton grappled Gervinho who responded (fairly) with a slight little incy wincy tap to Bartons head, the Ivorian international was subsequently sent off by referee Peter Walton.
A statement from the FA read: “Following Gervinho’s dismissal Arsenal have today lodged a claim that the standard punishment of a three-match suspension is clearly excessive. A regulatory Commission will hear that claim on August 16.”
Arsenal’s Alex Song has also been charged separately with violent conduct following an earlier alleged stamp on Barton.
Barton only received a yellow card for his part in the mayhem although he was very lucky to escape with more. Had the referee actually seen what had happened, and Barton did fall over like a little girl, then the outcome could have been fair. Newcastle have revealed they will deny the charge, while Arsenal have until 4pm on August 18 to respond, However Song must reply by 4pm on August 16.
The last thing we need is Song picking up a suspension, especially with the midfield looking ever-increasingly depleted.