Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Arsenal Pay for Red Storm

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Arsenal Pay for Red Storm

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Byline: By Jim van Wijk

Arsenal were last night counting the cost of losing their composure during the closing stages of the Carling Cup final.

Emmanuel Adebayor's red card was upheld and defender Emmanuel Eboue was charged by the FA for his part in the mass brawl at the Millennium Stadium.

The melee was sparked by confrontation between Chelsea midfielder Mikel Jon Obi and Gunners skipper Kolo Toure during the closing stages on Sunday, with players and coaches from both sides becoming involved.

Once calm had finally been restored, Toure and Mikel were shown straight red cards by referee Howard Webb, with Adebayor also dismissed following consultation with his assistant.

The Togo striker ( whose robust reaction to the decision prompted a separate FA charge yesterday ( had lodged an appeal, which along with Mikel's was rejected.

Adebayor, like with Arsenal centre-back Toure, will now serve an immediate three-match ban, ruling them out of tonight's FA Cup fifth-round replay at Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

As it was Mikel's second sending off of the season, the Chelsea midfielder will see out an extra game's suspension.

It is, though, yesterday's separate charges levied on both clubs as well as Adebayor and Eboue individually which could prove more costly, particularly for Arsenal.

Eboue has been charged with violent conduct for striking Chelsea's Wayne Bridge during the melee, while Adebayor, whose appeal yesterday was not based on mistaken identity, has also been cited following his reaction to being shown a red card.

Each club can expect a heavy fine, while if found guilty under the FA's disciplinary system, Eboue and Adebayor are likely to face suspension, which would come at a crucial stage of the season.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger last night said: "I feel we should not have reacted at all. …

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