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Magpies and Cats accept charges of misconduct

NEWCASTLE UNITED and Sunderland have accepted misconduct charges arising from their meeting nine days ago at St James' Park.

Both clubs have asked for hearings over an incident that happened after Sunderland's James McClean fouled Danny Simpson. Players became involved in a melee and coaches had to be parted.

Both clubs were charged by the English Football Association with "failure to ensure players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion".


Andy Woodman, the Newcastle goalkeeping coach, was sent to the stands after a row with Jim Henry, Sunderland's fitness coach.

Stephane Sessegnon was sent off for striking Cheick Tiote and Lee Cattermole was shown a red card for arguing with the referee, Mike Dean. Sessegnon was banned for three games and Cattermole for four.

Cattermole's trial for criminal damage, over an alleged incident in Newcastle in December, was adjourned.

He was granted unconditional bail until March 26, when the case will be heard again.

Striker Nicklas Bendtner was cleared of the same charge after the prosecution withdrew its case.