Watford & Stoke Handed FA Fines for Failing to Control Players in Heated October Clash

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Watford and Stoke City have been slapped with fines by the Football Association for failing to control their players during a recent Premier League encounter.

The two sides were handed £25k and £20k fines respectively after the FA found them guilty of not controlling their stars during two scuffles in the Potters' 1-0 away win at Vicarage Road on 28th October, the BBC reported.

It is the second of those coming togethers - the same 'fight' that saw Watford captain Troy Deeney handed a three-match ban - that saw the FA bring charges against the Hornets and Stoke, but the two teams have been warned about their future conduct in relation to both incidents.


A brief statement from the FA read: “Watford and Stoke City have been fined £25,000 and £20,000 respectively for failing to ensure that their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion in or around the 94th minute of their Premier League fixture on 28 October, 2017.”

Deeney and Stoke midfielder Joe Allen became embroiled in a spat in the 94th-minute of the game after the ball had gone out for a throw in, and the Watford striker caused a slight ruckus with his actions in the immediate aftermath of the ball going out of play.

The England international grabbed the Welshman's face as the pair butted heads, and resulted in a whole host of Watford and Stoke players becoming involved in the altercation as they tried to seperate the duo.

Both players were handed yellow cards for their part in the fight, but Deeney was handed a three-game suspension by a tribunal panel after he had pleaded guilty to a violent conduct offence in the days after the match.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes had claimed at the time that there were "mitigating circumstances" behind his side's involvement in the scuffle, while both clubs have declined to comment on the fines so far.