Chelsea, Manchester City Face Sanction Over Premier League Game fracas

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(Last Updated On: 2016-12-13)



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.

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.

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

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