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Charges laid over sideline fight

December 18, 2013
By Kristan Heneage

Newcastle goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman and Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo have both been charged by the FA following an incident during the recent fixture between the two sides. 

Newcastle and Southampton benches clash on the sidelines.
GettyImagesNewcastle and Southampton benches clash on the sidelines.

Occurring late into Saturday's 1-1 draw between Southampton and Newcastle, the fracas erupted following a late challenge from Morgan Schneiderlin on Magpies defender Massadio Haidara.

With both benches filing out into their respective technical areas, safety stewards were required to separate the two parties. 

Osvaldo has subsequently been charged with violent conduct, while Woodman, who was sent to the stands, has been handed an improper conduct charge. Neither club will face charges with both men granted until December 23 to respond to the charges. 

Speaking after the game, Mauricio Pochettino condemned the coming together saying: "I think what happened at the end of the game is not a good example, it's not good for football. From our point of view we're going to try our best not to let it happen again, because it's not good for the sport.

“I think it is avoidable, but in a high intensity game such as that any little spark can lead to something else. I think that's what happened. Overall, from our point of view it's something we regret and don't want to happen again."

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