posted on Sep, 24 2003 @ 01:32 PM
Arsenal's title challenge is set to be seriously undermined by suspensions potentially totalling more than 20 games after being hit by the full force
of the Football Association's disciplinary might.
Arsenal are accused of failing to control their players during the ugly incidents in their goalless draw at Old Trafford last Sunday, which could net
them a hefty fine.
Boss Arsene Wenger could also be in the FA dock after being asked to explain his post-match blast at Ruud van Nistelrooy as he accused the Manchester
United striker of cheating to get Patrick Vieira sent off.
However, even more worryingly for Arsenal's title aspirations, six of their players have been charged with a total of 11 separate counts of
Indeed, it is so serious the board have admitted their side failed to live up to the club's standards of behaviour and revealed that Wenger had
already "addressed the players on this issue".
Manchester United are understood to be unhappy at two of their players also being charged by the FA and are consulting their lawyers ahead of the
hearings, which could last up to four days.