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Last Updated: Thursday, 30 October, 2003, 17:12 GMT
Arsenal reponse to FA crackdown
Full text of the statement issued by Arsenal following the Football Association's decision to suspend four players and hand out fines totalling £275,000 over ill-discipline in a match against Manchester United.

Following the FA hearing, the club would once again like to apologise for the conduct of its players during the FA Premier League match against Manchester United at Old Trafford played on 21st September 2003.

Arsenal requires its players to behave properly at all times, both on and off the field.

The club accepts that what occurred during and immediately after the match on 21 September 2003 fell well below the required standard.

The club accepts responsibility for the behaviour of its players.

Arsène Wenger strives to ensure that his players do not cross the line which divides committed play from improper or violent conduct.

The players are instructed not to allow themselves to be provoked and are reminded that their triumphs have come when they have not allowed themselves to be distracted from the game.

The players also accept responsibility for their own actions and Martin Keown, Lauren, Patrick Vieira, Ray Parlour and Ashley Cole would like to use this opportunity to apologise for their conduct.

As far as the penalties are concerned, the Club is currently considering its position.


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