Bergkamp stunned by 'stamping' charge
Saturday 09 November 2002
Dennis Bergkamp has been been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association over an incident in which the Arsenal striker appeared to stamp on Blackburn Rovers' Nils-Eric Johansson at Highbury last month.
Television replays showed Bergkamp tangling with the grounded defender during Rovers' 2-1 victory on 26 October. The FA launched an investigation after the incident was missed by the match referee, Graham Barber. Bergkamp faces a suspension and a possible fine if found guilty. The 33-year-old Dutchman has 14 days in which to respond to the charge.
"There was nothing in it," Bergkamp said yesterday, before the FA charge was announced. "They are trying to make something out of nothing. If it was not on TV then no one would be talking about it."
Uefa, the game's European governing body, has allocated around £1.2m to be evenly split among its 52 member associations for anti-racism activities. The money will come from fines imposed by Uefa's disciplinary panel and a new allocation will be made every year.
Berti Vogts has omitted James McFadden and Ian Murray from the Scotland squad to face Portugal in a friendly in Braga on 20 November. Both players are included in the Under-21 squad for the game against Belgium in Molenbeek on 19 November. Returning to the fold are Paul Dickov and Derek McInnes as is Barry Ferguson, despite not being fully fit through a groin injury.
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