Kangaroo Court Update: Dennis charged with misconduct

Last updated : 08 November 2002 By Chris Parry
This is despite the fact that referee Graham Barber saw the incident as it happened and decided to take no action (presumably he will be appearing to defend Bergkamp at the hearing then? - no? - though not).

The F.A. statement reads as follows:

'The FA can confirm that Dennis Bergkamp has been charged with violent conduct under FA Rule E2 following an incident involving Blackburn Rovers' Nils-Eric Johansson during the Arsenal-Blackburn Premiership match at Highbury on October 26. He has 14 days in which to respond.'

If you ask me it's all bollocks, and Dennis agrees:

'I don't understand it - on the pitch there was nothing really wrong. The referee seemed to see everything. I picked the player up and there was nothing really wrong. The referee was very close to it and he came up to me and said `calm down' and I calmed down.

'Then I heard the next day that it was on the TV and I thought 'Okay, who is making those decisions? Who is putting it on the television?' Then you read about stamping. It is such a serious word - but there was nothing in it. They are trying to make something out of nothing.'