FA charges Manchester City and Chelsea for failure to control their players

The FA has charged Manchester City and Chelsea for failure to control their players during Saturday’s Premier League match at the Etihad.

The clubs have until 6pm on 8 December to respond to the charges.

A statement from the FA read: “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 behavior.

“It follows an incident in the 95th minute of the game on Saturday (December 3, 2016).

“Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Cesc Fàbregas will not face any further action in relation to an incident involving City’s Fernandinho. Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees.

“Each referee panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence.

“For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous.”

Sergio Agüero has been banned for four matches, as expected, by the FA following his sending off which prompted the fractious finale.

The City striker was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on David Luiz, which led to the bench-clearing melee at the Etihad Stadium. Fernandinho was also sent off for shoving Fàbregas during the incident, with City’s Brazilian midfielder banned for three matches. Chelsea went ahead and won the game 3-1 to remain top with an eighth successive victory. The Argentina striker will miss City’s matches with Leicester City, Watford, Arsenal and Hull City this month. Fernandinho will be available for the Hull game on Boxing Day. The two red cards against Chelsea took City’s number of on-field dismissals to five in the early months of Guardiola’s reign. Fernandinho and Claudio Bravo were sent off in Champions League action, while Nolito was also red carded in September’s win over Bournemouth.downloadfernandinho-fabregasimagesdownload-1images-1


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