Manchester City and Chelsea have both been fined for a breach of Football Association rules after their players clashed on the field during their Premier League meeting earlier this month.
Manchester City have been made to pay £35,000 and Chelsea £100,000, following an incident that was sparked by Sergio Aguero’s knee-high challenge on David Luiz in the closing stages of the Blues’ 3-1 victory on December 3.
Tensions flared after the horror foul and Fernandinho joined Aguero in being shown a straight-red card for grabbing Cesc Fabregas by the throat and pushing him over the advertising hoardings.
Chelsea feared that they would potentially by hit by a points deduction, with this their fifth charge in the space of 19 months, but that does not appear to be the case with a hefty fine – more than double that of City’s – instead being passed down.
An FA statement read: “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Manchester City and Chelsea have been fined £35,000 and £100,000 respectively after both admitted a breach of FA Rule E20(a).
“The two clubs were charged for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour. It followed an incident in the 95th minute of their game on Saturday 3 December 2016.”