The following statement appeared on the Football Association website on Tuesday afternoon.

"Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC have been charged with misconduct for an incident involving players and officials from both clubs towards the end of the Carling Cup Final on Sunday, 25 February.

"The charge alleges that the clubs failed to ensure that their 'players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative and/or violent behaviour'.

"The clubs have until 14 March to respond. There are no individual charges against officials from either Arsenal or Chelsea.

"Arsenal's Emmanuel Eboue has been charged with violent conduct for striking Chelsea's Wayne Bridge. He has until 6pm [on Wednesday] to respond, and the case will be heard by a Disciplinary Commission on Thursday on the basis of documents and video evidence.

"His team-mate Emmanuel Adebayor has been charged with reacting aggressively and failing to leave the field of play immediately after being sent off. He has until 6pm [on Wednesday] to respond to the charge and his case will be heard by a Disciplinary Commission on Tuesday 6 March.

"As this charge is outside the jurisdiction of the match officials (he had already been sent off), he [Adebayor] has the right to a personal hearing."

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27 Feb 2007