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Mousa Dembele charged with violent conduct; Chelsea, Spurs also charged for brawls

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images

Eden Hazard scored a pretty neat goal on Monday, but his contribution to Chelsea's long and hilarious collection of "we hate Spurs" moments has been somewhat overshadowed by the cavalcade of violence during the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. As far as the Blues are concerned, they were mostly the wronged party, but we knew a charge for failing to control our players was inevitable after the two mid-game standoffs, and the FA hasn't disappointed:

Both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have been charged for three breaches of FA Rule E20 for failing to control their players and/or officials.

It follows incidents which occurred in the 45th and 87th minutes and also at the end of the game at Stamford Bridge on Monday night [2 May 2016].

Both clubs have until 6pm on Monday 9 May 2016 to respond to their charge.


I would imagine that Spurs will get it in the neck significantly harder than Chelsea, since they spent much of the second half trying to break legs (which isn't to say we were totally blameless in the violent stakes). One player who's definitely getting the book thrown at him is Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele, who's been charged with violent conduct plus extras (a la Luis Suarez when he bit Branislav Ivanovic) for his eye gouge on Diego Costa in the first half. He'll be receiving a suspension that'll last into the new season for that, which is probably reasonable.

The rest of the Spurs brigade will get away with their set of red-card-worthy offences, which I also think is fair -- that Mark Clattenburg didn't do his job and establish a clear line is much more his fault than Tottenham's, and while some of the tackles that came in late were egregious, they were in line with how the match was being refereed.

Anyway, hopefully our fine won't be too annoying.

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