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

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Chelsea have been charged with two breaches of FA Rule E20.1 in the aftermath of Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield. After Reece James saw red late in the first half, the visitors were left fuming, leading to unsavoury scenes before and after Mohamed Salah’s equaliser.

On Wednesday, an FA statement confirmed the Blues’ charges after the fiery affair between two early Premier League title contenders.

It read: “Chelsea FC has been charged with two breaches of FA Rule E20.1 following their Premier League fixture against Liverpool FC on Saturday [28/08/21].

“It is alleged that Chelsea FC 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 FC has until Friday [03/09/21] to provide a response to this charge.”

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The two alleged breaches came after Anthony Taylor showed James a red card for stopping the ball on the goal line following a six-yard box scramble.

Taylor awarded Liverpool a penalty to pile the misery on Chelsea, which Salah calmly slotted home to cancel out Kai Havertz’s early header.

Chelsea players swarmed the referee and were involved in aggressive huddles with Liverpool stars after the significant decision.

It ultimately changed the course of the game. The visitors had to cling on for a point in a match they were in control of before the controversial incident on the stroke of half-time.

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After full-time, manager Thomas Tuchel explained he didn’t disagree with the decision but criticised Taylor for basing it off a still picture rather than a video on the VAR monitor.

He told reporters: “I can understand the decision and I’m not saying it’s wrong.

“But I did not like the way the referee checked it because for me he checked only the image and the image showed the contact.

“We saw on the bench that it was a deflection from a short distance that came off his hip, and the arm was not in a super unnatural position.

“I would have wished for a longer consultation – maybe he would have made the same decision. But we have to live with it.”

Tuchel will be without James after the international break as he continues his quest to add a Premier League title to his growing silverware collection.

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