Common sense dictated that the FA weren't ever going to charge Branislav Ivanovic for his actions when tempers flared late in Wednesday's match against Everton. After all, the referee was only inches away with a clear look at events (see the image above), and didn't deem it worthy of a yellow card, let alone a red and a suspension.
Sure enough, no action will be taken in terms of player discipline in this case:
No FA charge for Branislav Ivanovic. #CFC— Matt Lewis (@mattlewis27) February 12, 2015
Don't worry, though, as the FA weren't going to let the opportunity to slap someone on the wrist pass without taking the chance to do so:
BREAKING: FA charge Chelsea and Everton with failing to control their players in last night's game. #SSNHQ— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) February 12, 2015
Sorry, Everton. It's a shame you needed to be the collateral damage when the FA made a 'statement' by handing out charges for an altercation barely worthy of mention. At least you weren't the subject of ridiculous headlines, though. Hopefully you have enough in the piggy bank to pay the inevitable fine, I'm sure Chelsea do.