Gerrard says challenge was not violent

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  • Wednesday, 22 Jan 2003

LONDON: Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard has formally denied a charge of violent conduct over his challenge on Everton’s Gary Naysmith in the Merseyside derby on Dec 22. 

The English Football Association confirmed on its official website on Monday that a hearing would now take place on a date still to be decided. 

Gerrard said he had never intended to hurt Naysmith after television replays showed him jumping two-footed into a challenge with the Everton defender during the 0-0 draw at Anfield. 

Blackburn Rovers manager Graeme Souness has also denied charges of improper conduct and abusive and/or insulting language to match officials during a League Cup tie against Wigan Athletic on Dec 17. 

Souness’s hearing will take place on Feb 18, the FA said. 

The FA also charged Nottingham Forest manager Paul Hart with improper conduct and abusive and/or insulting language on Monday. 

The incident relates to Hart’s behaviour after striker Jack Lester was sent off in the Division One match against Reading at the City Ground on Dec 21. – Reuters 

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