Chelsea hit with a double FA charge as Thomas Tuchel’s squad are accused of failing to control their players against Liverpool after stars argued with referee Anthony Taylor over Reece James’ red card for handball
- Reece James was shown a straight red card in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at Liverpool
- The fullback was judged to have deliberately played the ball on the line
- Referee Anthony Taylor waved red and Chelsea’s stars protested
- Those protests have now led to two indictments from the football association
Chelsea have until Friday to respond to two allegations from the Football Association that they failed to control their players during the 1-1 draw at Liverpool.
Thomas Tuchel’s side were furious at the decision to send Reece James off the field after a handball hit the line.
Referee Anthony Taylor went to the video assistant rating monitor and immediately opted to show James an outright red card, which, according to the FA, led to brawls with Chelsea players beyond the halftime whistle.
Chelsea players argued with referee Anthony Taylor after he sent Reece James away from Anfield
Sadio Mane’s shot bounced off James’ right thigh and onto his right arm before it cleared
Referee Taylor chose to show red and Chelsea players furious with official
In a statement, the FA said: ‘Chelsea FC have been charged with two violations of FA rule E20.1 following their Premier League game against Liverpool FC on Saturday [28/08/21].
“It is alleged that Chelsea FC failed to ensure an orderly conduct for the players in the 48th minute of the first half and after the halftime whistle.
Chelsea FC has until Friday [03/09/21] to comment on this charge.”
Chelsea had taken the lead at Anfield via Kai Havertz, but conceded a penalty just before half-time after Sadio Mane’s shot hit James at the knee and the ball bounced off his arm as he stood on the line.
James’ red card caused an argument between the two sides and two yellow cards were waved
Liverpool players immediately protested to the referee and after being checked by VAR, it was ruled that James had moved his arm towards the ball and was shown a penalty and a red card.
Mohamed Salah converted from the penalty spot to level Liverpool before players from both teams became embroiled in a heated argument.
It started when Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy kicked the ball away, causing Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson to confront him.
Both goalkeeper Mendy and Blues defender Antonio Rudiger were shown yellow cards for their protests in the aftermath when referee Taylor had to try to calm the situation.
As the teams went into halftime, Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta was seen arguing with the referee going into the tunnel.
Chelsea and Liverpool players exchanged words in the wake of Mohamed Salah .’s penalty