The FA have confirmed that Alex Song has been charged with violent conduct after he stood on Joey Barton during Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Newcastle on Saturday.
As well as that, both clubs have been charged with failing to control their players in the wake of the Gervinho sending off which saw Joey Barton pretend to have been punched by Gervinho and then fall on the floor like a gigantic crybaby.
Barton, who caused the whole incident in which the players failed to control themselves, will face no charges at all.
The FA statement in full
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 after 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 that 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.