Arsene Wenger may appeal over Newcastle incident

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Sparks flew over the weekend as Newcastle United took on Arsenal; their clash left Arsene Wenger with a decision on his hands, as to whether or not he shall be appealing to the FA.

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The match between the Magpies and the Gunners featured an altercation between Joey Barton and Arsenal's Gervinho. Gervinho was dismissed from the match, which was also his debut for Arsenal, after he slapped Barton for dragging him to his feet. The tangle resulted from a collision between the pair in the Newcastle area, which left Barton marching over to the Ivorian to protest his apparent dive.

This led to Gervinho striking the Newcastle player, who later commented on the incident on Twitter, saying: "I went down easy, no doubt. Still, can't raise your hands. Referee got it right.

"If you raise your hands to faces, you should be off. What do people want me to do, stand and trade blows?"

The collision left a sour taste in the mouth of the Arsenal boss, who believes that Barton's actions were also unacceptable.

"I don't understand the red card," said Wenger. "I am 100% sure the referee did not see what happened.

"I think he has his back turned to the incident. If he had seen it, he would have sent both of them off, or nobody."

This has left the Frenchman contemplating whether or not he will appeal the decision with the FA.

"Will I appeal? I will have a good look at it but I am tempted to say yes." added Wenger.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was quick to defend Barton's actions: "Joey was incensed. When a fellow professional dives, that gets your back up. Joey is an opinionated guy. He has opinions and expressed them."

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