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Arsenal's Alex Song has
accepted a charge of violent
conduct and will now serve a
three-match suspension, the
Football Association has
The midfielder was caught on
camera treading on Joey Barton's
ankle during Saturday's match
against Newcastle.
Team-mate Gervinho also has a
three-match ban for slapping
Barton, and both will miss games
against Liverpool, Manchester
United and Swansea.
Both clubs were also charged with
failing to control their players.
They have until Thursday to
After the clash with Cameroon
midfielder Song, Barton was later at
the centre of an incident which led
to the dismissal of new Arsenal
striker Gervinho, who has also been
banned for violent conduct.
The Football Association's charge of
failing to control their players
relates to an ugly melee after
Barton reacted angrily to what he
felt was diving, which culminated
with Gervinho's dismissal late on in
the 0-0 draw at St James' Park.
Song during the incident in
question, which was caught by TV
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