Football: Wright faces charge: FA awaits linesman's decision

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IAN WRIGHT, the Arsenal and England striker, faces disciplinary action by the Football Association after allegations that he verbally abused a linesman who has deformed arms.

Richard Saunders, who was running the line in a Coca-Cola Cup tie at Highbury last month, has reported Wright to Lancaster Gate. The FA passed Saunders' allegations on to the match referee, Allan Gunn. 'He reported back that he had noted the incident and confirmed that Ian Wright had apologised on three occasions for those remarks,' the FA spokesman, David Bloomfield, said. The FA will now contact Saunders before deciding whether to charge Wright.

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