disciplinary action

FA charge Hull and Arsenal over confrontation

December 23, 2009

The Football Association have charged Arsenal and Hull with failing to control their players following a mass confrontation during the teams' clash on December 19.

Arsenal, Samir Nasri, Richard Garcia
EmpicsA brawl between the two sets of players after Arsenal's Samir Nasri clashed with Hull's Richard Garcia

A bad-tempered match at the Emirates Stadium erupted shortly before half-time when Samir Nasri appeared to tread on the ankle of Hull's Richard Garcia.

Stephen Hunt then clashed with Nasri and a mass confrontation took place in front of referee Steve Bennett, with Arsenal goalkeeper Almunia sprinting 100 yards to get involved.

Players from both sides became embroiled in ugly scenes with Bennett eventually booking Hunt and Nasri.

Arsenal went on to win the game 3-0. The clubs have until January 13 to respond.