Chelsea have been charged by the Football Association for failing to control their players after several of the team were involved in a melee with Manchester City players on Saturday.
The FA today confirmed that Chelsea, along with City, did not “ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour” during the ugly scenes that marred the end of Chelsea’s 3-1 Premier League win at the Etihad Stadium.
The bust-up between the Chelsea and City players was triggered by Sergio Aguero’s rash challenge on David Luiz, for which the City striker was sent off for, before Fernandinho was also dismissed for pushing Cesc Fabregas over the advertising hoardings.
In a statement on the FA’s website, the governing body said: “Both Manchester City and Chelsea have been charged for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour.
“It follows an incident in the 95th minute of the game on Saturday 3 December.
“Both clubs have until 6pm on 8 December 2016 to respond to the charge.”
The FA also confirmed that Fabregas will face no further action after the Chelsea midfielder slapped Fernandinho in the face, which resulted in the latter pushing the Spaniard into the crowd.
It is expected that the FA could hand Chelsea a huge fine for the melee on Saturday because of previous incidents in which the club have been found guilty of ‘failing to control their players’ since November 2014.
In May, the club were given a record £290,000 fine and warned over their future conduct after a similar bust-up occurred with Tottenham players in the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.