FA charges Chelsea and Tottenham with failure to control players

Wednesday May 4th, 2016

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Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have been charged with breaching FA Rules after failing to control players during their match Monday, the governing body announced Wednesday. 

The teams clashed multiple times during the match, during which 12 players were carded. Nine of the players booked were from Tottenham, the highest total for a team in a single game in Premier League history.

The violence continued after match, when the players got into a brawl in the tunnel.

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele could face a significant ban after being charged with an alleged act of violent conduct. 

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“Further, it is alleged the player’s behavior constituted violent conduct in circumstances where the standard punishment of three matches that would otherwise apply is clearly insufficient,” The FA said in its press release. 

Dembele could be seen scratching at the eyes of Chelsea striker Diego Costa during the match, although the incident was not seen by the referees at the time. 

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