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Chelsea charged by FA over failure to control players during heated Liverpool draw

Chelsea have been charged with two counts of failing to control their players in their 1-1 Premier League draw at Liverpool. The Blues have been charged with two breaches of FA Rule E20.1 in the aftermath of Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield. 

Chelsea players were incensed by Taylor’s decision to dismiss James, with the Blues feeling the ball had deflected off the England star’s thigh onto his arm.
The FA has given Chelsea until Friday to respond to the charges.

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‘It is alleged that Chelsea failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 48th minute of the first half, and following the half-time whistle.

‘Chelsea has until Friday to provide a response to this charge.’

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Chelsea have been charged with failing to control their players during last weekend’s draw against Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

Speaking after the incident, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said: ‘Double punishment is always super hard and it was a bit of a spoiler, but I think it’s the rule now if the referee says he denies a clear goal with his hand.

‘I don’t like these early red cards in general, not just when it’s us but when I’m watching on TV, because for me it spoils the game.

‘Nobody wants to see that for 45 minutes, they want to see a high-level game.

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‘The situation itself, I can understand the decision and I’m not saying it’s a wrong decision, but I did not like the way the referee checked it.

‘He checked only the image which showed the contact and then it was a clear decision.

‘On the bench we saw also the whole movement and you saw it was a deflection at short distance, it comes off his hip to his arm, the arm is not in a super unnatural arm position.’

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