LONDON: Manchester United have called in their lawyers to consider fighting FA charges of misconduct laid against Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The two United forwards were charged on Wednesday along with Arsenal and six of the London club's players over their involvement in the confrontational scenes that marred the end of Sunday's goalless draw between the two clubs.
“We have received the details of the charges from the FA and we are currently reviewing them internally with our lawyers, the manager and the players involved,” a statement issued by United said.
“Until that review is completed, the club will be making no further comment.”
Arsenal's board of directors reacted to the charges with a statement which hinted that the club could take its own disciplinary measures against its players.
“The Board is taking this matter seriously and intends to meet in the near future to further discuss the events of last Sunday,” said a statement.
“At this juncture, we do not have the video evidence supplied to the FA and are not going to jump to any premature conclusions.
“The Club demands high standards both on and off the field and the Board believes these were not met last Sunday.
“Arsene Wenger has already addressed the players on this issue.”
In 1990, when Arsenal were docked two points following a brawl during a match against Manchester United, the board reacted by fining four players and then manager George Graham.
United boss Alex Ferguson condemned Wenger's comments as “terrible” and made it clear he expected the FA to come down hard on the Arsenal players over conduct he described as “beyond the pale.” – AFP