Gunners and Toon charged
The FA has confirmed Newcastle and Arsenal have both been charged with failing to control their players.
Last Updated: 16/08/11 8:45am
The Football Association has confirmed Newcastle and Arsenal have both been charged with failing to control their players in the wake of Saturday's ugly scenes at St James' Park.
Arsenal midfielder Alex Song has been charged separately with violent conduct following an earlier incident in the same game, when he stamped on Newcastle's Joey Barton, and he could consequently face disciplinary action.
The club charges come as a result of the mass confrontation between both sets of players in the 0-0 draw on Saturday's first day of the Premier League.
Members of both teams clashed in a brawl sparked by a scuffle between Barton and Arsenal debutant Gervinho, who was sent off for slapping the Newcastle midfielder and manager Arsene Wenger has appealed that decision.
A statement from the FA read: "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.
"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 the claim on 16 August.
"Meanwhile Arsenal's Alex Song has been charged separately by the FA with violent conduct following an incident earlier in the same fixture.
"Both clubs have until 4pm on 18 August to respond to the charge, whilst Song must reply by 6pm on 16 August."
Barton had accused Gervinho of diving in the penalty area and tussled with the forward, but only received a yellow card from referee Peter Walton.
The former Manchester City man had already been angered earlier in the match after Song stood on his leg following a challenge.
Replays showed Song had intentionally put his studs down on the back of Barton's leg, but he escaped a red card during the game.