16 Aug 2011

Newcastle and Arsenal charged by FA

5:54 am on 16 August 2011

Newcastle and Arsenal have been charged by the English Football Association with failing to control their players in Sunday's Premier League game.

Gunners striker Gervinho was sent off after 76 minutes following an altercation with Joey Barton.

Barton had pulled him up from the floor to accuse him of diving but Gervinho slapped him, leading to a tussle.

Arsenal's Alex Song has also been charged with violent conduct after an earlier incident involving Barton.

Arsenal have already appealed against the red card given to Gervinho which would rule him out of three games - including against Liverpool and Manchester United.

Barton, meanwhile, received a yellow card for his part in the melee, and as such has already been sanctioned.