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FA give generous 25% discount on Chelsea, Spurs record fines

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The day that Tottenham Hotspur were confirmed as non-winners of the 2015-16 Premier League, they also set a new Premier League record for most number of yellow cards collected in one match.  On that glorious Monday night at Stamford Bridge, Hugo Lloris was the only Spurs player to complete the whole game and not get a yellow card (Toby Alderweireld came close as well, but was taken off in added-on time as Spurs looked for a late winner).

For their troubles, in addition to paying the automatic fine that comes with receiving that many yellow cards, Spurs were fined over £200,000 for several off the ball shenanigans that went on as well.  Chelsea, as long-time "beneficiaries" of the FA's "protection", were fined £375,000.

Both fines were more than any other team had ever been fined before, and so both teams appealed.  Three months later, the FA have finally conjured up a decision in the form of a 25% off coupon.

However, following an Appeal Board hearing the fines have been reduced to £290,000 and £175,000 respectively. It remains that both clubs have been warned as to their future conduct.

-source: The FA

Thanks, I guess.  Surely, we could at least get a free one at some point?  Get fined 10 times, the next one is free?  Customer loyalty should be rewarded!

Meanwhile, referee Mark Clattenburg's fines for incompetence now include getting to referee the FA Cup final, the Champions League final, and possibly the Euro 2016 final as well provided Wales lose to Portugal in the semifinal.

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