Newcastle United and Sunderland accept FA charges

James McClean's late tackle on Danny Simpson

Newcastle and Sunderland have accepted misconduct charges following their bad-tempered derby on 4 March.

Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon was red-carded for elbowing Cheick Tiote and captain Lee Cattermole was sent off after full-time in the 1-1 draw.

The Football Association said the charges related to an incident after a late challenge from James McClean on Newcastle's Danny Simpson.

Both clubs requested personal hearings to discuss the incident further.

McClean was shown a yellow card by referee Mike Dean for the tackle on Simpson, whose angry reaction also earned a caution.

The FA said in a statement: "The charge is that the clubs failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour and is in relation to an incident which occurred in the 19th minute following a challenge by Sunderland's James McClean on Newcastle's Danny Simpson."

It was one of a number of flashpoints during a stormy contest at the Sports Direct Arena, with Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill and Newcastle counterpart Alan Pardew also becoming involved in an angry exchange.

Eight players were booked and Pardew later criticised Sunderland for adopting an "ugly" approach, a claim rejected by O'Neill.

Cattermole was banned for four matches for his dismissal and Sessegnon was given a three-game suspension.

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