FA charges Norwich, Cardiff after melee
LONDON (AP) — Norwich and Cardiff were charged by the English Football Association on Thursday following an angry confrontation between both sets of players during a Premier League match.
Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall kicked the ball out of play to allow an opposition player to receive treatment in second-half injury time Saturday, but Norwich midfielder Leroy Fer shot into an empty Cardiff net following the resulting throw-in.
The goal was disallowed because the referee hadn’t ordered the throw-in to be taken, but it didn’t stop Cardiff’s players and coaching staff from becoming infuriated at what they perceived as a lack of sportsmanship.
The FA said the two clubs have been charged “for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion” during the incident. The match finished 0-0.
Hull manager Steve Bruce was also charged by the FA on Thursday with misconduct following his comments to the media after conceding a controversial penalty to lose 1-0 at Tottenham in the league on Sunday.
“It was a joke decision,” Bruce said. “Would we have got it? I’m not so sure.”
Bruce was charged with calling into question “the integrity of the match referee, and/or implied that the match referee was motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute.”