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Arsenal and Newcastle hit by FA fine

Newcastle United and Arsenal have each been fined £30,000 by the FA for failing to control their players during the Premier League clash at St James' Park on August 13.

The ill-tempered 0-0 draw was marred by a second-half melee and Arsenal's new signing Gervinho was sent off following a clash with Newcastle's Joey Barton. The pair had squared up following what the home side claimed was a dive. Earlier in the match, Arsenal's Alex Song stamped on Barton's leg in an incident not seen by referee Peter Walton but the midfielder was later handed a three-match ban.

There was more bad news for both clubs on Tuesday when the Football Association announced both had failed to control their players.

An FA statement read: "An independent regulatory commission today found both Newcastle United and Arsenal guilty of failing to control their players.

"The charges relate to an incident during their recent league fixture at St James' Park on Saturday 13 August 2011.

"Both clubs denied the charge and requested a non-personal hearing. In each case, the charge was proven by the regulatory commission and both clubs have been fined £30,000.''

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