By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger has apologised for his team's part in the fracas at the end of the Carling Cup Final on Sunday.
Kolo Toure and Chelsea's John Obi Mikel were dismissed for clashing in the dying minutes at the Millennium Stadium. Emmanuel Adebayor also saw red after the resulting melee had subsided. On Tuesday afternoon, both clubs received charges by the FA. Soho Square also instigated disciplinary action against Adebayor and Emmanuel Eboue.
Wenger has yet to decide if the Club will lodge appeals. However he did express regret at his side's role in the affair.
"I feel we should not have reacted at all," he said. "Overall we are sorry for what happened. When you do not behave like you want to then you have to apologise.
"We want to focus on playing football well. We want to deal well with the frustrations [of football] and want to be exemplary.
"But we also want to remind people that we have been top of the Fair Play table twice in the last few years. Also this year we are the team who have committed the least fouls in the League and been the most fouled against.
"What happened was a one-off for us in the last three years and we are sorry for that.
"It was a good game and that was an incident of one minute. But we do not want to behave like we behaved and that is it."
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