Sunderland, Newcastle Charged By FA After Derby Fracas

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Sunderland manager Martin O' Neill (r)looks on as Newcastle mananger Alan Pardew celebrates the Newcastle goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Sunderland at Sports Direct Arena on March 4, 2012 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Sunderland and Newcastle United have both been charged with failing to control their players following ugly scenes during their 1-1 draw last weekend.

Neither Newcastle United nor Sunderland have managed to escape the fallout from their ill-tempered 1-1 draw last weekend. A first half tackle on Danny Simpson from star winger James McClean sparked a bit of a contretemps which saw several players from both sides as well as both managers involved, and as a result the FA have charged the two sides with failing to ensure that their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion:

The charge is that the clubs failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour and is in relation to an incident which occurred in the 19th minute following a challenge by Sunderland’s James McClean on Newcastle’s Danny Simpson.

Mike Dean ended up giving McClean and Simpson a booking apiece, but he wasn't done with the card-waving - no less than nine yellows and two reds ended up being awarded as Newcastle earned a late draw. Presumably the charge will result in some minor fines for both teams - I can't imagine that either one will do much in the way of appealling. And honestly, this is the Tyne-Wear derby. What exactly does the FA expect?

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