Arsenal to appeal Gervinho’s red, to accept Alex Song ban
Written by Jeffrey on August 16, 2011 15:30
Yesterday, the Football Association released a statement saying that Newcastle United and Arsenal have been charged 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 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.
On Monday, manager Arsene Wenger confirmed that the Gunners will appeal against Gervinho’s ban adding however that they will accept any punishment for Alex Song.
On Monday, Wenger said:
[Against Newcastle] we felt we were in control of the game, didn’t give any chances away. We are a bit frustrated by the fact that we didn’t score but the opportunities were there and overall we had a positive feeling about the way we played.
I’m likely [to appeal Gervinho's red card]. [Alex Song banned?] Yes, it’s a concern, hopefully he will not be punished but if he’s punished we will accept it.