Monday 25 September 2017

Battle of Tyneside could see clubs charged

Newcastle Utd 1 Southampton 1

A scuffle breaks out in the dugouts during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St James' Park on December 14, 2013
A scuffle breaks out in the dugouts during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St James' Park on December 14, 2013

Luke Edwards

Newcastle United and Southampton are set to be charged by the English FA after the touchline scuffle between players and coaching staff that soured the end of a thoroughly entertaining draw on Tyneside.

Both goalkeeping coaches, Newcastle's Tony Woodman and Southampton's Toni Jimenez, were sent off by referee Mike Jones and the ugly exchanges continued in the tunnel after the final whistle, with claims Woodman had been kicked during the row on the touchline.

He also appeared to be suggesting at the time that he had been spat at, although Newcastle manager Alan Pardew denied that accusation had been made as he sought to play down the incident.

Members of Pardew's coaching entourage, including Woodman and assistant manager John Carver, continued to argue with Southampton staff as the teams headed to their dressing-rooms.

Carver was also charged and fined by the FA in March this year after he had been sent to the stands for furiously confronting Wigan's Callum McManaman at half-time following his knee-high tackle on Massadio Haidara.

Once again it was a nasty challenge on the young full-back, this time from his fellow Frenchman Morgan Schneiderlin, that caused the Newcastle bench to erupt in stoppage-time.

"From our point of view it is something we regret and we do not want for it to ever happen again," said Southampton manager Maurico Pochettino.

Pardew said: "I'll have a look at the footage of what went on behind me and I'll maybe have a word with one or two if I need to.

"But it wasn't just us. I said to their manager 'get yourself back on the bench and I'll get mine back on the bench'."

Newcastle took the lead through Yoan Gouffran from a free-kick. Adam Lallana played a key part in the equaliser from fellow England international Jay Rodriguez. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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