Chelsea and Manchester City fined by FA over brawl

Manchester City and Chelsea have been fined by the FA for failing to control their players during an ill-tempered clash at the Etihad Stadium on December 3.

Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, City were fined £35,000 and Chelsea £100,000 after both admitted a breach of FA Rule E20(a).

The two clubs were charged for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour.

The incident occurred after Chelsea players were involved in a brawl with their opponents following a tackle on David Luiz by Sergio Aguero in the 95th minute of Chelsea’s 3-1 victory.

That led to Aguero being sent off, with his City teammate Fernandinho subsequently dismissed for an altercation with Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

Chelsea have previously been charged and fined with a breach of the FA E20 Rule covering the behaviour of players on five separate occasions.

The most recent incident before the one at the Etihad came at the end of last season, when the Blues players became involved in a brawl with those of rivals Tottenham.

That led to fears Antonio Conte’s side could be docked points but those fears were not realised.

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