The 27-year-old Italy international, a club-record �15 million ($24.6 million, 17.9 million euros) signing from Roma in August, became embroiled in a scuffle involving members of both dug-outs during Saturday's game at St James' Park, having earlier been substituted.

Newcastle goalkeeper coach Andy Woodman, who was sent to the stands after the incident, has been charged with improper conduct.

"Newcastle United coach Andy Woodman and Southampton player Dani Osvaldo have both been charged by the FA following an incident in the recent fixture between the two clubs," read an FA statement.

"Osvaldo has been charged with violent conduct in relation to the incident in the 94th minute of the game at St James' Park on Saturday, December 14.

"Meanwhile, Woodman, who was sent to the stands following the incident, has been charged with improper conduct. Neither club will face charges."

Osvaldo and Woodman have until next Monday to respond to the charges.