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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 October, 2003, 09:47 GMT 10:47 UK
Old Trafford row: your verdict
By Stuart Roach

Manchester United and Arsenal have nine charges against them

The public jury has spoken after Arsenal found themselves in the dock following the Old Trafford brawl on 21 September.

More than 35,000 readers of the BBC Sport website took part as our online jury last week - and the response was an overwhelming GUILTY on six counts for Arsenal.

The club was found guilty of failing to control its players by 82% of voters.

And Martin Keown prompted a landslide 90% guilty vote for his role in the fracas with Manchester United.

Defender Lauren, who faces four charges from the Football Association, was given a guilty verdict in our poll, as were Patrick Vieira, who was sent off at Old Trafford, goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, Ray Parlour and Ashley Cole .

But Manchester United duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Ryan Giggs could be off the hook with the FA - at least if our online jury is any judge.

Here, we list the charges against players and club, along with your verdict on each one:


Lauren

Charge: Two counts of violent behaviour for kicking out at Quinton Fortune following the penalty award and for pushing Ruud van Nistelrooy after the final whistle. Two counts of improper conduct for confronting Van Nistelrooy after Patrick Vieira's sending-off and for confronting Ryan Giggs after the final whistle.

Possible punishment: Four charges could add up to a ban of as long as eight matches. Possible 10,000 in addition.

Prosecution and defence: In mitigation, the Cameroon international can point to never having been sent-off, but the charges stacked against him are considerable. Four separate charges, including two for violent conduct, mean Lauren could face the biggest punishment of all.

GUILTY 71%
Martin Keown

Charge: One count of violent behaviour for striking van Nistelrooy following the final whistle. One count of improper conduct for confronting Van Nistelrooy following the penalty miss.

Possible punishment: Four-match suspension and possible fine on top.

Prosecution and defence: Keown was at the centre of the controversy and his goading of Van Nistelrooy has become the image of the Old Trafford bust-up. Has a 5,000 fine against his name for a previous clash with Van Nistelrooy in February of this year and was fined 10,000 for striking Leeds' Mark Viduka in 2001.

GUILTY 90%
Ashley Cole

Charge: One count of improper conduct for confrontation with Cristiano Ronaldo after the final whistle.

Possible punishment: One-match ban or fine of 10,000.

Prosecution and defence: A fringe figure in the Old Trafford chaos but is in the dock for clash with Ronaldo. Previous 2,000 fine for swearing at referee Paul Durkin will not aid his defence.

GUILTY 61%
Ray Parlour

Charge: One count of violent behaviour for grabbing at Gary Neville. One count of improper conduct for confronting Van Nistelrooy after the final whistle.

Possible punishment: A total suspension of four games.

Prosecution and defence: Has been sent off four times in his Arsenal career but has not suffered at the hands of the FA like Vieira, Keown or Cole.

GUILTY 82%
Patrick Vieira

Charge: One count of improper conduct for failing to leave the pitch following his red card, confronting Van Nistelrooy and engaging in a verbal exchange with fourth official Neale Barry.

Possible punishment: One-match ban for red card. One-match for conduct.

Prosecution and defence: Vieira's Arsenal record is littered with previous convictions, coloured by nine red cards and a staggering 72 yellows in his Gunners career. Additional punishments include six-game ban and 45,000 fine for spitting at Neil Ruddock; two-game ban and 25,000 for criticising referee Andy D'Urso, 20,000 fine for gesturing to fans and 10,000 fine for kicking Olivier Dacourt. Mitigating circumstances centre on provocation by Van Nistelrooy.

GUILTY 81%
Jens Lehmann

Charge: One count of improper conduct for confronting referee Steve Bennett after Patrick Vieira's second yellow card and for persistently seeking to confront Van Nistelrooy.

Possible punishment: One-match suspension or fine of 10,000.

Prosecution and defence: His first offence for Arsenal, but Lehmann arrived at Highbury with something of a reputation. Five career red cards, including one following a clash with his own defender at Borussia Dortmund.

GUILTY 74%
Ryan Giggs

Charge: One count of improper conduct for confrontation with Lauren after the final whistle.

Possible punishment: One-match suspension or fine of 10,000.

Prosecution and defence: Giggs' involvement was prompted by an out-of-the-blue confrontation from Lauren. Other mitigating circumstances include an unblemished Old Trafford career and he has only been sent off once in 40 games for Wales.

NOT GUILTY 79%
Cristiano Ronaldo

Charge: One count of improper conduct for confronting Martin Keown at the final whistle.

Possible punishment: One-match suspension or fine of 10,000.

Prosecution and defence: No previous convictions for this juvenile offender, who is unlikely to face more than a one-match ban for his confrontation with Keown.

NOT GUILTY 81%
Arsenal Football Club

Charge: Failure to control their players

Possible punishment: Possible record fine in the region of 300,000.

Prosecution and defence: A string of previous convictions, including points deduction for the 'Old Trafford Brawl I' a decade ago. Arsene Wenger's failure to clamp down on his players may also go against them, while new FA chief Mark Palios will be keen to set his own standard of punishment.

GUILTY 82%
 





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