Arsenal have been charged by the FA for failing to control their players but Newcastle United have not been hit while Andy Madley is in charge of a game this weekend.
As Arsenal protested not getting yet another penalty, which meant they would drop more points thanks to the decisions of officials, The FA were rubbing their hands with glee.
Here was a chance to top up their coffers once more on the back of a fine for behaviour their incompetent officials helped generate.
Of course, Arsenal players should know by now that any reaction will be pounced on and that is exactly what we see here, for it is only Arsenal being charged, despite Newcastle players swarming the referee for the entire game.
Hmmm. No doubt that breaches of FA Rules occurred during this match. But to suggest and only charge @Arsenal for breach protocol after a full match of Ref Madley being surrounded by @NUFC is shocking and inequitable. https://t.co/ame9goHZNF pic.twitter.com/z7SutlZOJF
— Seth Thomas (@semthoma) January 6, 2023
The FA’s statement, released on Friday, said, “Regulation and Discipline update: Arsenal FC has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E20.1 following its Premier League match against Newcastle United FC on Tuesday 3 January 2023.
“It’s alleged that Arsenal FC failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 95th minute, and the club has until Tuesday 10 January 2023 to respond.”
It’s the same offence both Arsenal’s men and women were hit with last season, too.
Andy Madley, meanwhile, will take charge of Liverpool vs Wolves in the FA Cup on Saturday, while Jarred Gillett, who was on VAR for the Arsenal game, will referee Cardiff City vs Leeds United.
In December 2018, Arsenal were charged with failing to control their players during a Premier League match against Southampton. This followed an incident in which a number of Arsenal players surrounded the referee and protested a decision, like most teams do in most games.
In February 2019, Arsenal were charged with failing to control their players during a Premier League match against Manchester United. This followed a mass confrontation between players from both teams after a foul was committed.