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The FA rule on Aguero, Fernandinho, Fabregas and charge both Manchester City and Chelsea

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As expected, The FA have charged both Manchester City and Chelsea with a violation of Rule E20 for "failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour" in the 95th minute of Saturday's match at the Etihad.  Both clubs have until Thursday (8pm local time) to respond to the charge.

Any Chelsea response will no doubt make special mention of Sergio Aguero's moment of madness, which could've caused some real harm to David Luiz.  The FA have turned a blind eye to such incidents before (see: Ashley Barnes on Nemanja Matic), so I wouldn't expect any miracles or anything.  Along similar lines, I wouldn't be surprised if Chelsea are hit with a massive, possibly record fine considering our recent track record of getting charge with violating this rule.  Chelsea were fined a record 375,000 for last season's "Battle of the Bridge" against Spurs (reduced to 290,000 on appeal, which was still a record).

Aguero himself will receive his four-match ban as expected, the extra game tacked on due to his retrospective three-match ban earlier this season for elbowing Winston Reid.  Remember, kids, Sergio Aguero is just not that type of player.

The FA's report makes special mention of Cesc Fabregas not getting charged for his role in the aftermath of the tackle (he did get a yellow card on the day), though they make no mention of Fernandinho, the man who repeatedly grabbed Fabregas by the throat. It would appear that Fernandinho will only get the standard three-match ban for violent conduct.

To make matters worse for City, they will also be missing Nicolas Otamendi next weekend -- his, admittedly harsh, yellow card was his fifth of the season, which carries an automatic one-match ban with it.  In a related and utterly amazing note, Diego Costa has now gone eight games without collecting his own fifth yellow card!

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