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UEFA charge Chelsea again, this time for throwing objects and ‘pitch invasions’

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More fines incoming!

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Another Chelsea away match in Europe, more stupid fan behaviour, more UEFA charges. This time they’re of slightly lesser magnitude and importance than back in December, when the club was charged for “racist behaviour” by the fans, for chants that Chelsea themselves called out as well after that 2-2 draw against Vidi FC in Budapest.

It’s one of the incidents that has also led to the #ChelseaTogether movement, which we’re proud to have been a part of from the beginning.

The punishment for those charges will be decided in two weeks’ time (February 28). The punishment for the newest charges will be decided a month after that (March 28). The minimum expectation is a series of fines, though it’s entirely conceivable that Chelsea will have to play a match behind closed doors due to the first incident.

Yesterday’s incidents amount to fairly standard problems of throwing objects and running on to the pitch — both violations of Article 16(2).

Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Malmö FF and Chelsea FC (1-2), played on 14 February in Sweden.

Charges against Malmö FF:
- Setting off of fireworks - Art. 16 (2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations
- Throwing of objects - Art. 16 (2) DR

Charges against Chelsea FC:
- Throwing of objects - Art. 16 (2) DR
- Field invasions by supporters - Art. 16 (2) DR

These cases will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 28 March.

-source: UEFA

The latter was a bit scary for a second as a supporter accosted Eden Hazard before receiving the shirt and getting escorted off the pitch.