Chelsea charged af­ter play­ers, coaches con­front ref­eree

Observer on Saturday - - Sport - Reuters

- Chelsea have been charged by the English Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (FA) af­ter their play­ers and coaches con­fronted the ref­eree at half-time dur­ing Wed­nes­day's 1-1 draw with Hud­der­s­field Town in the Premier League.

Chelsea de­fend­ers Ce­sar Azpilicueta and An­to­nio Rudi­ger were among the play­ers to sur­round ref­eree Lee Ma­son, who awarded the hosts a cor­ner in the clos­ing stages of the first half but blew the whis­tle for the in­ter­val be­fore Wil­lian could take it. "Chelsea have been charged with fail­ing to en­sure their play­ers and/or of­fi­cials con­ducted them­selves in an or­derly fash­ion," the FA said in a state­ment on Thurs­day.

"The in­ci­dent oc­curred at half­time of (Wed­nes­day's) game against Hud­der­s­field Town."

LON­DON

The Lon­don out­fit have un­til Tues­day to re­spond.

Chelsea man­ager An­to­nio Conte was fined 8 000 pounds ($10 800) ear­lier this sea­son af­ter he con­fronted the fourth of­fi­cial and was sub­se­quently sent off by ref­eree Neil Swar­brick dur­ing his team's 1-0 win over Swansea City in Novem­ber.

The draw with Hud­der­s­field damp­ened Chelsea's hopes of se­cur­ing a top-four fin­ish in the league this sea­son. They sit fifth ahead of their fi­nal match of the cam­paign against New­cas­tle United on Sun­day.

(Reuters)

CHARGED: Ce­sar Azpilicueta con­fronts Lee Ma­son, with the stew­ards in close at­ten­tion.

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