Premier League clubs Manchester City and Chelsea have been charged by The Football Association after failing to control their players last Saturday. Players from both sides had an angry bust-up after The Blues beat The Citizens 3-1 at the Etihad stadium. The FA charged both the teams under the Rule E20 and has given both them until 6pm Thursday to respond.
Over 30 players, coaching staff, and stewards were involved in the brawl. City stars Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho were sent off. Aguero was shown a straight red card after a tackle on David Luiz that sparkled the riot, and has been banned for four matches; Fernandinho was also shown a straight red by referee Anthony Taylor for shoving Chelsea FC midfielder Cesc Fabregas over the advertising hoardings with the Brazilian apparently reacting to a slap in the face by the Spaniard. The City midfielder has been banned for three games.
Anthony Taylor has confirmed that Fabregas was shown only a yellow card for ‘adopting an aggressive attitude’. Taylor also claimed that the slap by Fabregas was not seen by match officials but could be reviewed later, as of now no actions will be taken against The Blues midfielder.
However, Manchester City are furious that The Blues midfielder has escaped punishment after slapping Fernandinho.
City manager Pep Guardiola stated that: “It’s a pity what happened in the last minute and of course we are going to accept the bans from the FA and we are going to work with other players for the next games.”
Sergio Aguero will miss City’s matches against Leicester City, Watford FC, Arsenal FC and Hull Tigers this month. However, Fernandinho will be available for the clash against Hull on Boxing Day. City defender Nicolas Otamendi also received a yellow card last week which means the Argentine will miss the trip to King Power stadium on 10th December.
Chelsea, meanwhile went to the top of the Premier League table with 34 points on board, and are sitting comfortably on top after Liverpool suffered a 4-3 defeat against Bournemouth at the weekend, which kept The Reds in third position with 30 points. Chelsea’s closest challengers are Arsene Wenger’s men, Arsenal FC right now who are sitting in second position with 31 points.