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.
Maurizio Sarri has been fined £8,000 after he admitted a misconduct charge from The FA and accepted the standard penalty. It concerned his behaviour in the 94th minute of Monday’s [22/04/2019] game between Chelsea and Burnley in the Premier League. pic.twitter.com/R5y6pb1xkS— FA Spokesperson (@FAspokesperson) April 25, 2019
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.
This is surprising, not just because of what riled Sarri, but also because the FA has generally charged clubs for failing to control their players & staff whenever there have been brawls on the pitch/by the tunnel #cfc https://t.co/km9jxapJ5F— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) April 25, 2019
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:
Club Statement:— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) April 25, 2019
Issues arising between both benches during Monday night’s @premierleague match at @ChelseaFC have been resolved between the coaches and clubs, and a line has been drawn under the matter.
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.