The English Football Association have charged Arsenal and Chelsea with misconduct following the brawl that marred Sunday’s Carling Cup final which ended in a 2-1 victory for Chelsea.
Arsenal’s Emmanuel Eboue has been charged with violent conduct for striking Chelsea’s Wayne Bridge.
His team-mate Emmanuel Adebayor, one of two Arsenal players to be red-carded, has been charged with reacting aggressively and failing to leave the field of play immediately after being sent off.
In a statement on its web site (www.thefa.com), the FA said that as this charge is outside the jurisdiction of the match officials – he had already been sent off – he has the right to a personal hearing.
The FA said in their statement that the main charge against the two clubs was that they failed to ensure that their “players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative and/or violent behaviour.”
Arsenal ended the match with nine men after Adebayor their skipper Kolo Toure were sent off, while Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel was also given his marching orders for his part in the melee.