FA Hit Arsenal with Fines, Suspensions

FA Hit Arsenal with Fines, Suspensions

Post by Motterma » Sat, 01 Nov 2003 01:37:25

'Lauren and Martin Keown were hit with four and three-match suspensions respectively
as the Football Association meted out punishment for the ugly scenes at the end of
Arsenal's goalless draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Arsenal's players, angered by the dismissal of Patrick Vieira for aiming a kick at
Ruud van Nistelrooy, pushed and shoved the United striker when the final whistle sounded.

Lauren, who has been hit with a 40,000 fine as well as his ban, faced one charge of
*** behaviour, for pushing van Nistelrooy in the back, and two of improper conduct,
for confronting van Nistelrooy and kicking out at Quinton Fortune.

Keown, who also receives a 20,000 fine, faced one charge of *** behaviour
towards van Nistelrooy.

Ray Parlour, who admitted two charges of improper conduct for separate confrontations
with van Nistelrooy and Gary Neville, has received a one-match suspension and a 10,000

Ashley Cole, who faced a charge of improper conduct for a confrontation with Cristiano
Ronaldo., has been reprimanded, warned as to his future conduct and fined 10,000.

Vieira himself faced an improper conduct charge for failing to leave the field after
being sent off and has received a one-match suspension and a 20,000 fine.

Arsenal were also charged as a club with failing to control their players in the
September 21 encounter. The Gunners have been fined 175,000 and warned as to their future

The FA commission ruled that all suspensions should be served with effect
from Monday, November 17.