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Sarri accepts misconduct charge, but FA drop rest of investigation

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Burnley and Chelsea consider the matter closed

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Keeping with Chelsea tradition, Maurizio Sarri was charged by the FA for misconduct in relation to his behaviour on the touchline in our match against Burnley last Monday. The reasons of his dismissal weren’t clear as Chelsea assistant coach, Gianfranco Zola claimed that there was a misunderstanding between Sarri’s actions and referee Kevin Friend’s interpretation of them.

Either way, Sarri admitted a misconduct charge from The FA and accepted the standard penalty of £8000.

The game was marred by heated incidents involving both benches. In one such instance, Sarri claimed he was a victim of xenophobic abuse by members of Burnley staff.

After the final whistle, there was another scuffle between both benches with Rüdiger in the front, and the FA was assumed to be investigating these incidents based on the referee’s reports. However, they will not take further actions on the aforementioned incidents.

Yet another instance where the FA shows inconsistency while handling disciplinary matters.

Meanwhile, Burnley and Chelsea issued a joint statement in order to bury the hatchet:

Issues arising between both benches during Monday night’s match have been resolved between the coaches and clubs, and a line has been drawn under the matter.

-Source: Chelsea FC

This may partly explain the FA’s inactivity regarding the incidents.

Time to move on, I guess.