The English Football Association has charged Arsenal and Newcastle with failing to control their players in Saturday's Premier League opener.

The FA says the ''clubs have been charged following a mass confrontation of players'' after Arsenal striker Gervinho was sent off.

The Gunners are appealing Gervinho's dismissal for slapping Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton to avoid an automatic three-match ban.

Arsenal midfielder Alex Song has also been charged with violent conduct after stamping on Barton.

Both clubs have until Thursday to respond to the charges.