The Blues have been charged with failing to control their staff and players at halftime during the game against Huddersfield Town by the Football Association.
Chelsea is unlikely to qualify for the Champions League this season and their hopes became slimmer after a 1-1 draw against Huddersfield Town on Wednesday night. The West London outfit must now win their last game and hope for Liverpool to lose their fixture to ensure a top 4 spot is secured. However, there is now added insult to injury as the Chelsea staff and players have been found guilty of failing to control either of the two parties.
What Exactly Happened-?
The flashpoint of the incident occurred in stoppage time of the first half of the game against Huddersfield on Sunday when Chelsea was awarded a corner by referee Lee Mason. However, the English referee blew for the interval just as Willian walked across to the corner flag to take the set-piece.
This led to Mason being surrounded by angry Chelsea players which were led by club captain Cesar Azpilicueta. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte also let his feelings run wild at the officials on the sidelines while leaving the pitch.
The Punishment For Disciplinary Issues-
An official statement by the FA regarding the incident read, “Chelsea have been charged with failing to ensure their players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion. The incident occurred at half-time of yesterday’s game against Huddersfield Town. Chelsea has until 6 p.m. on Tuesday [15 May 2018] to respond to the charge.”
The standard punishment by the FA is usually around £20,000 but could rise depending on the severity of the problem or incident. Chelsea was involved in a similar case of not being able to control their players back in May 2016 and were fined £325,000 by FA during a heated London derby that ended 2-2 against Tottenham Hotspur
This is quite petty and silly from Chelsea to hound the referee’s and ask for decisions even when they know it will not change. They have been accused of mishandling their players and staff before and the Chelsea board need to take disciplinary action against their players and learn to take control of their players and staff.