Chelsea, Tottenham Charged For Failure To Control Players


Both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have been charged for three breaches of FA Rule E20 for failing to control their players and/or officials. According to Football Association (FA) statement announced on Wednesday (May 4), the charge follows incidents which occurred in the 45th and 87th minutes and also at the end of the game played by the teams at Stamford Bridge on Monday night .

Tottenham have also been slapped with a £25,000 fine for having nine players shown yellow cards, while Chelsea received three cautions. Both clubs have until 6pm on Monday 9 May 2016 to respond to their charge.

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Mousa Dembele has also been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video during the same game. The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was involved in an incident with Chelsea’s Diego Costa near the end of the first half.

The statement states that the player’s behaviour constituted violent conduct in circumstances where the standard punishment of three matches that would otherwise apply is clearly insufficient. The player has until 6pm on Thursday 5 May 2016 to respond to the charge.


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Dembele’s charge comes a week after Spurs midfielder Dele Alli was handed a three-match suspension by the FA for violent conduct after lashing out at West Brom’s Claudio Yacob. Several individuals could face further sanction with Dembele for the incident with Diego Costa.

CESC FABREGAS was however, accused of sparking the brawl that ended Chelsea’s explosive clash with Tottenham by slapping a Spurs player in the groin. Although eye witnesses claimed he slapped more than one player and a member of Spurs staff in the groin as they left the field, sparking reactions. The FA has however requested video footage of the incidents from broadcasters.