Premier League - Newcastle, Sunderland charged
Wed, 07 Mar 15:20:00 2012
The FA has charged Newcastle United and Sunderland for their respective players' misconduct during Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby at St James' Park.
Both clubs are charged with failing to control their players following an on-pitch melee involving several members of each side in the 19th minute of the 1-1 draw after a foul on Newcastle full-back Danny Simpson by Sunderland winger James McClean.
At the time, referee Mike Dean showed both players yellow cards after the fracas had subsided. The incident also sparked a quarrel on the sidelines between managers Alan Pardew and Martin O'Neill.
Both clubs have until 16:00 on Monday to respond to the charge.
In all, referee Dean showed nine yellow cards and two reds, both to Sunderland players. Stephane Sessegnon was sent off just before the hour mark for lashing out at Cheick Tiote, while Black Cats skipper Lee Cattermole saw red after the final whistle.