Chelsea, Manchester City fined for EPL fracas

Dec 13 2016 - 8:18pm
Man City players

Man City players

Chelsea have been fined £100,000 (about N50 million) and Manchester City must pay £35,000 (about N17.5m) after players from both teams clashed during their Premier League meeting at Etihad Stadium.

Tempers flared at the end of Chelsea’s 3-1 win earlier this month, after City’s Sergio Aguero was sent off for a tackle on David Luiz.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Aguero’s team-mate Fernandinho was also dismissed, after grabbing Cesc Fabregas as the two teams confronted each other.

Chelsea had previously been warned they could face a points deduction.

The Premier League leaders have been fined six times since February 2015 for failing to control their players.

The Blues were fined a record £375,000 (about N187.5m) —- reduced to £290,000 (about N145m) on appeal —- in the wake of an ill-tempered meeting with Tottenham in May.

This had forced the Football Association appeal board to warn that “the time cannot be too far distant when… the only proper sanction is a points deduction’’.

However, manager Antonio Conte laughed off the possibility of a points deduction on Sunday.

He had asked reporters if they were joking when asked if he thought the incident could harm the club’s league standing.

The last top-flight teams to be docked points for disciplinary issues were Manchester United and Arsenal, in the wake of a brawl at Old Trafford in October 1990.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola apologised for his team’s part in the confrontation on Dec. 3.

Aguero, whose dismissal was his second for violent conduct this season, is banned for four games, while Fernandinho is serving a three-game suspension.(NAN)

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