Arsenal have been charged by the FA for failing to ensure players “conducted themselves in an orderly fashion” in stoppage time of Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Newcastle United.
Mikel Arteta’s players were adamant that they should have been awarded a penalty in the 95th minute when Granit Xhaka’s cross struck the arm of Jacob Murphy inside Newcastle’s box.
Desperate for a chance to win the game at the death, the majority of the team including Gabriel Magalhaes, William Saliba, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Thomas Partey, Alex Zinchenko, Martin Odegaard and Granit Xhaka confronted referee Andy Madley about the incident. Their claims were eventually dismissed following a VAR review.
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After the match, Arteta said the decision, along with an earlier failure to award a penalty to Gabriel Magalhaes who was wrestled to the ground while challenging for a corner, was “scandalous”.
It is the second time this season the Gunners have breached FA Rule E.20.1. We were also charged for our behaviour in the dying moments of the 1-0 win at Leeds United. On that occasion, we were arguing, correctly as it turned out, that a penalty should not have been rewarded.
The club has until Tuesday to appeal the latest charge.