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Football Association charges Hull and Arsenal

Hull and Arsenal players square up at the Emirates
Arsenal and Hull players square up at the Emirates Stadium

Hull and Arsenal have been charged by the Football Association for failing to control their players.

The charge relates to what the FA describes as a "mass confrontation" during Arsenal's 3-0 win at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

The flare-up occurred after Gunners midfielder Samir Nasri appeared to tread on Richard Garcia's foot at the end of the first half.

Nasri has escaped further punishment for the initial foul.

Referee Steve Bennett reviewed videotape footage, and decided he would not have shown a red card had he seen the incident.


Nasri was booked for his part in the ensuing melee, along with Hull pair Stephen Hunt and Nicky Barmby.

The feud between the teams appeared to continue in the tunnel as the players left the pitch.

Both clubs have until 13 January to respond to the FA charge.

Hull and Arsenal fell out last season over Tigers boss Phil Brown's claims that Cesc Fabregas spat at his assistant Brian Horton.

Fabregas's Gunners' side had scored two late goals to knock Hull out of the FA Cup.

The Spaniard strongly denied Brown's accusation, and was later cleared by the FA because of a lack of evidence.

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Arsenal 3-0 Hull City
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Fabregas in clear over 'spit' row
22 May 09 |  FA Cup
Fabregas and Brown charged by FA
24 Apr 09 |  FA Cup
Hull accuse Fabregas of spitting
17 Mar 09 |  FA Cup

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