- Newcastle midfielder Joelinton has been arrested by the Police and charged
- Joelinton is being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol
- In other news Arsenal has been charged by FA after FA Cup win over Oxford United
Newcastle United midfielder Joelinton has been accused of driving under the influence and will appear in court at the end of January.
Police stopped the 26-year-old early on Thursday morning, and he was later taken into custody for having too much alcohol in his system.
According to a Northumbria Police spokesperson, officers stopped a car in Newcastle’s Ponteland Road neighborhood just before 1:30 a.m. and arrested the driver.
“Joelinton Cassio, 26, of Ponteland, has since been charged with driving whilst above the prescribed limit for alcohol.”
Joelinton will appear before magistrates in Newcastle on January 26, which is sandwiched between the two legs of United’s EFL Cup semi-final with Southampton.
The Brazilian has played in 21 of Newcastle’s 23 games this season, starting 19 of those – only five players have featured more times.
In other news still in the Premier League, after beating Oxford United in the FA Cup third round, Arsenal was charged by the Football Association (FA) for the second time in a week.
At the Kassam Stadium on Monday, the Premier League’s top team defeated third-tier Oxford 3-0 thanks to goals from Mohamed Elneny and Eddie Nketiah.
Although the first half ended scoreless, Arsenal was disappointed that a penalty was not awarded when Nketiah’s strike struck Elliott Moore in the arm in the 34th minute.
Referee David Coote dismissed the appeals of the visiting players and the incident was not revisited due to VAR not being in operation.
The FA announced on Thursday that Arsenal have been charged as a result of the conduct of their players.
“Arsenal have been charged with breaching FA Rule E20.1 during their tie against Oxford United in the FA Cup on Monday 9 January 2023,” a statement read.
“It’s alleged Arsenal failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 34th minute, and the club has until Monday 16 January 2023 to respond.”
Arsenal were hit with a separate FA charge on January 6 for failing to control their players in the aftermath of a late penalty appeal in their goalless draw with Newcastle United.
Several players surrounded referee Andy Madley when he failed to award a spot-kick for an alleged handball by Jacob Murphy in stoppage time of the Premier League match.
Mikel Arteta has also been criticised for his behaviour on the touchline during that game.
Meanwhile, the FA is also investigating allegations of suspicious betting patterns during Arsenal’s win at Oxford.
The claims centre around the booking of an Oxford player during the second half of the tie.
Arsenal, who will face Manchester City in the fourth round, are back in league action on Sunday with a north London derby showdown against Tottenham.