Chelsea and Leicester City have both been fined £22,500 after a brawl broke out towards the end of their Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel’s men secured a 2-1 victory over the Foxes to avenge their FA Cup defeat, but tempers flared between players from both teams following Ricardo Pereira’s challenge on Ben Chilwell.
Players and coaching staff clashed on the touchline on the 93rd minute with fears the Blues could face a point deduction for the incident for repeated offences.
Both clubs were charged by the FA as a result and after reviewing the altercation, they have been handed a £22,500 fine.
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“Both clubs admitted they failed to ensure their players and club officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and refrained from provocative behaviour during the 93rd minute of the fixture.”
It’s the seventh time in seven years Chelsea have been in trouble for the indiscipline of their players.
They were warned in July 2016 that they could face a points deduction after appealing against a £375,000 fine against them for their part in a mass bust-up during a game with Tottenham two months earlier.
Since then, they have been charged twice more with failing to control their players, but escaped with fines and warnings about their future conduct.
A former FA employee, with knowledge of the disciplinary process, said: “It seems there’s an issue within the club.”
Brendan Rodgers defended his Leicester players and was proud of them for sticking up for Ricardo.
He said: “In any game you need to be cool and control the emotion. The situation the other night, there were two sets of players who had come off the back of playing really tight, tough games in a matter of days.
“I was proud of my team. Okay, we are maybe little Leicester City but we are not going to turn up and roll over for anyone.
“So I was proud of the team that we stood up and fought and showed that mentality because that is what it takes to be a top team.
“We were united and together. We saw team-mates getting pushed and the players stood up to that.
“Of course it is not what you want to see but I want my players to stick together on the field and we did that.”