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banner Wednesday, 30 January, 2002, 17:49 GMT
Carragher escapes FA charge
Jamie Carragher is shown the red card at Highbury
Carragher received a formal warning from police
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher will not face a Football Association misconduct charge for throwing a coin at Arsenal fans during an FA Cup match on Sunday.

But the 24-year-old defender was issued with a formal police warning for his actions during the 1-0 defeat.

The England international hurled the pound coin back into the crowd at Highbury after it was thrown at him.

The two people who allegedly received injuries have declined to make allegations
Police spokesman

The FA said he would face an automatic three-match ban which means he will miss England's friendly against Holland next month.

And it took into consideration the steps taken by Liverpool FC, which criticised Carragher and fined him 40,000.

"The FA would like to make clear that they welcome Liverpool's actions and have also taken into account the fact that the player apologised immediately after the match on Sunday," said an official statement.

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that Carragher will be issued with a formal warning for the offence and that no further action will be taken.

A police spokesman said: "All the facts of the case have been considered.

"The two people who allegedly received injuries have declined to make allegations.

"The only outstanding matter is the throwing of an object under the Football Offences Act.

"In light of all the circumstances it has been decided that a formal warning will be issued."

Arsenal's Dennis Bergkamp is sent off
Bergkamp's dismissal provoked the flashpoint
Formal warnings are verbal warnings and different to police cautions in that they do not require an acceptance of responsibility by the culprit.

Carragher quickly apologised for his actions.

The flashpoint came at the end of a torrid five-minute period in which Arsenal's Martin Keown and Dennis Bergkamp were both red carded by Riley.

Carragher snapped when he was targeted by Gunners fans after Bergkamp had been sent off for fouling him.

Arsenal have appealed for help in identifying the fan who threw the coin and promised to ban them for life.

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