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Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 August, 2004, 15:47 GMT 16:47 UK
FA charges Roberts
Iwan Roberts in action for his new club Gillingham
Roberts joined Gillingham from Norwich
Gillingham striker Iwan Roberts has been charged with improper conduct after comments in his autobiography.

In his book "All I want for Christmas" Roberts admitted to deliberately stamping on Kevin Muscat during a match for his former club, Norwich.

And the Football Association has decided to charge him with bringing the game into disrepute by committing serious foul play.

They have also charged him for a tackle motivated by an element of revenge.

The incident took place when Roberts was at Norwich and Muscat Wolves.

Roberts said in his book the clash was in retaliation for a late tackle by Muscat on his then Norwich team-mate Craig Bellamy.

He wrote: "The ball came over the top, he (Muscat) was stretching for it, I gave him a little nudge and we both went down.

"The ref gave him a free-kick. As I got up, I thought, 'Right, payback time! So 'I lost my balance' and trod on his back.

"Fourteen stone through eight studs you do the maths. He was in agony, but the ref didn't see it so I got away with it. ... but he knew."

The veteran striker insisted "common sense should prevail" over the issue when he was unveiled at Gillingham after leaving the Canaries in the summer.

But having been charged he now has until Monday, 13 September to respond to the charges, which are not covered by the FA's new fast-track laws.

Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane received a five-match ban and 150,000 fine in October 2002 after claiming in his autobiography that he deliberately set out to hurt Alf-Inge Haaland in April 2001.




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