Newcastle United and Norwich City Charged by FA for Failing to Control Players

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2014

Newcastle United and Norwich City are set to be punished for failing to control their players during a late brawl when the two clubs met on Jan. 28, as reported by the Football Association: 

The FA also released an official statement, confirming both teams have an opportunity to weigh up an appeal:

"The clubs have until 6pm on Wednesday 5 February 2014 to respond to the charge," read the report.

An off-the-ball clash in the 82nd minute of the 0-0 clash saw Loic Remy and Bradley Johnson sent off after squaring up against each other. Both clubs appealed the decision after the players clashed heads, but only Johnson had his three-match ban overturned, per Sky Sports.

Indeed, the English midfielder played 75 minutes of his team's loss to Cardiff following the decision, while Remy was forced to watch on as his team suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat to fierce rivals Sunderland.

The Frenchman is a huge loss for his team. Remy has scored 11 goals and provided two assists in 21 Premier League appearances this campaign, per WhoScored.com. He has netted four more than Yohan Cabaye, the Magpies' next top scorer, who recently departed for Paris Saint-Germain.

Yoan Gouffran is Newcastle's third most prolific with six goals so far, indicating just how pivotal Remy is to Alan Pardew's cause. In total, the 27-year-old has scored 32.4 percent of the club's Premier League goals this season.

Remy also remained Newcastle's biggest threat throughout the game at Carrow Road, as noted by Squawka:

While Johnson is less vital to the Canaries, Chris Hughton will be pleased to have the player's ban rescinded.

Both teams have been charged with failing to control players in recent times. Back in 2012, Newcastle were fined £40,000 after a similar incident against Sunderland, reported by Damian Spellman of The Independent. Norwich, meanwhile, were forced to pay £20,000 after a scuffle with Cardiff in October 2013, per BBC Sport.

A response is expected from both clubs imminently.

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