FA charge Newcastle and Norwich after fiery Carrow Road clash
Newcastle and Norwich have been charged with failing to control their players after a fiery clash in the Premier League on 28th January, and have until Wednesday February 5 to respond to the charges, according to The Telegraph.
The Geordies and the Canaries were involved in a collision-filled match which ended goalless, with Newcastle striker Loic Remy and Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson both sent off after squaring up to one another on the pitch – and later on the touchline.
Several other players also became involved in the incident, and the ugly scenes that followed saw the two players dismissed with straight red cards by referee Chris Foy.
The FA released a statement following an investigation, reading: “Both Norwich City and Newcastle United have been charged by the FA for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour.
“The charge relates to an incident in or around the 82nd minute of their match on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.
“The clubs have until 6pm on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 to respond to the charge.”
Norwich had appealed straight away against the sending off of Johnson, and by winning their appeal the player was able to feature in the weekend’s loss to Cardiff. Remy, however, did not enjoy such fortunes, as the Toon Army’s appeal was dismissed meaning the Frenchman served the first of a three game suspension in the Tyne-Wear derby defeat to Sunderland.
He will also be absent for the clashes with Chelsea and Tottenham.
Toon boss Alan Pardew had stated following the game that Johnson should have been ashamed of himself, but conceded that Foy was left with little option other than to dismiss the pair.
He had said: “Johnson's reaction to the heads meeting, in terms that he got a headbutt when he did not, was the catalyst for them both to get sent off.
“It was his own fault, if he had not have done that then maybe the referee would have taken a more lenient view, but he made such a drama out of it, he should be ashamed of himself really.
“That was the thing the game will be remembered for.”
Canaries manager Chris Hughton took a very different stance, however, insisting that Johnson’s dismissal was “soft,” stating: “Johnson's sending-off was incredibly soft.
“Bradley has not gone down on the floor. All he has done is pull his head away.
“Certainly, Bradley Johnson is not the type of player who would look to get someone sent off.”
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