LONDON RIVALS FACING TRIAL BY TV
By Nic Evans
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The FA could use video evidence to review a number of incidents that occurred during this typically highly-charged London derby and, although The Gunners are also involved, it is their opponents who may be more fearful of any findings.
A tackle on Dennis Wise by Robert Pires saw the Chelsea man skid into the advertising hoardings.
Wise responded with a verbal barrage that brought Thierry Henry onto the scene from 40 yards away, in a bid to defend his French team-mate.
Both Henry and Ashley Cole laid hands on Wise, escalating the confrontation which saw groups of players square up to each other.
After the game, Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri said: "All they needed was gloves and it would have been boxing.
"What I don't understand though, is why on bookings they won on points.
"He gave two yellow cards to our players, but only one to Arsenal.
"The referee did well to avoid bringing out red cards. The only people who didn't deserve cards were the goalkeepers, David Seaman and Carlo Cudicini."
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger agreed, saying: "At certain moments, a lot of the players were lucky to stay on the pitch."
Lauren and Celestine Babayaro appeared to have an angry confrontation, and Chelsea`s Nigerian international could also be in trouble after TV replays showed a fracas he had with Freddie Ljungberg.
After a typically fully committed challenge, Babayaro may have stamped on the Swede as Ljungberg was getting up.
A clash with Dennis Bergkamp could have resulted in a penalty with Babayaro taking exception to the Dutchman's challenge and tripping him up on his way past.
Gunners midfielder Patrick Vieira, who received the man-of-the-match award in this game, earned a one match ban from the FA a fortnight ago for a challenge on countryman Olivier Dacourt which the referee, at the time, did not punish - but was decided to be worthy of a ban after review.