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Newcastle defender Mike Williamson has denied a Football Association charge of violent conduct against Bolton striker Johan Elmander.

A regulatory commission will hear the case on Wednesday with the 27-year-old facing a three-match ban if found guilty.

An FA statement said: "Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson has denied a charge of violent conduct. The charge relates to an incident involving Johan Elmander in his side's fixture with Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, 20 November. A Regulatory Commission will hear the charge on Wednesday, 24 November."

Williamson was charged on Monday after referee Howard Webb, who did not see the incident during the Magpies' 5-1 Barclays Premier League defeat at Bolton, viewed video footage and decided he would have issued a red card had he done so.

The two men clashed off the ball with Elmander, who scored twice in the game, ending up in a heap on the ground.

However, Newcastle, who have spent the time since the charge was issued considering their options, have decided to contest the decision.

Manager Chris Hughton had earlier defended Williamson.

Speaking to the Evening Chronicle, he said: "It was a silly action by Mike, but I think it was the frustration of some five minutes before that when Johan Elmander pulled him down.

"It's there for everybody to see, he shouldn't have got involved. But what it was was a body-check and no more than that.

"It was a reaction to Elmander pulling him - it was a yellow card."

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