Manchester City and Chelsea charged by FA with failing to control players

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The Football Association charged Manchester City and Chelsea with failure to control their players during Saturday's game at the Etihad Stadium. The brawl started when Sergio Aguero collided with David Luiz after Aguero’s two-footed lunge left Luiz in a lot of pain.

The clash didn’t stop there. It also involved other players from the two teams. Nathaniel Chalobah and Kelechi Iheanacho were going after each other while Fernandinho got into a fight with Cesc Fabregas.

The FA made a statement by saying that both Manchester City and Chelsea have been charged for failing to ensure that their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour. “Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Cesc Fàbregas will not face any further action in relation to an incident involving City’s Fernandinho. Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees.”

Luckily, there was a footage taken of the incident that happened. The FA revealed that each referee panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence. “For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous.”

Aguero and Fernandinho have received four and three-match bans. This is going to be Aguero’s second dismissal for violent conduct this season. The first one was when he elbowed Winston Reid during their game against West Ham in August.

As for Fabregas, he was given a yellow card by the referee for having an aggressive attitude. However, there are no further actions given to him regarding the said act. It was alleged though that he slapped Fernandinho but it was not seen by the FA. The panel might also review this part of the video during investigation.

Both teams have until 6PM on 8 December to respond to the charges given to them and their players. 

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