Bournemouth and Watford charged with misconduct over mass brawl and red cards for Pedro and Wilshere


Bournemouth and Watford charged with misconduct by FA over mass brawl and red cards for Joao Pedro and Jack Wilshere during bad-tempered Championship clash

  • Tempers flared in stoppage-time after Pedro’s late sliding challenge on Lerma
  • Wilshere and Pedro were both sent off after receiving second yellow cards  
  • The melee overshadowed Bournemouth’s 1-0 win on February 27

Bournemouth and Watford have both been charged with misconduct after a late brawl marred last weekend’s league game at the Vitality Stadium.

Watford’s Joao Pedro and Bournemouth’s Jack Wilshere were both sent off by referee Tony Harrington after tempers had flared during stoppage-time.

The melee, which overshadowed Bournemouth’s 1-0 win, was sparked by Pedro’s late sliding challenge on Jefferson Lerma. Wilshere and Pedro were both sent off after receiving second yellow cards.

Jack Wilshere was sent off late on in Bournemouth’s victory over Watford after a scuffle

Wilshere (third left) was involved in a late scuffle in injury time with Watford's Tom Cleverley

Wilshere (third left) was involved in a late scuffle in injury time with Watford’s Tom Cleverley

A Football Association statement said: ‘AFC Bournemouth and Watford FC have both been charged with a breach of FA Rule E20 following their EFL Championship fixture on Saturday 27th February.

‘Both clubs allegedly failed to ensure that their players and/or club officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 96th minute of the fixture and they have until Friday 5th March to provide their responses.’

Bournemouth winger Arnaut Danjuma scored the only goal in the 61st minute.

The Cherries are sixth in the table, eight points behind fellow promotion hopefuls Watford, who are third.

Tempers flared with both sets of players involved in a late scuffle after Joao Pedro's red card

Tempers flared with both sets of players involved in a late scuffle after Joao Pedro’s red card

Cherries boss Jonathan Woodgate (middle) helped break up the melee on February 27

Cherries boss Jonathan Woodgate (middle) helped break up the melee on February 27