Temper's flared following Ricardo's clumsy challenge on Ben Chilwell near the touchline ; The FA charged both Clubs for failing to control their players.
In the closing stages of Tuesday’s Premier League match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge, temper’s flared. The incident occurred after Ricardo’s clumsy challenge on Ben Chilwell near the touchline. Both sides started a scuffle. Referee Mike Dean booked three Leicester players- Ricardo, Nampalys Mendy and substitute Daniel Amartey. The match ended 2-1 in favour of Chelsea courtesy of two second-half goals from Antonio Rudiger and Jorginho.
Leicester beat Chelsea 1-0 on Saturday to lift their first FA Cup title. The win came courtesy a sensational 30-yard strike by Belgium international Youri Tielemans. Amartey was in the center of a controversy at Wembley following Leicester’s FA Cup title triumph. Footage emerged of the midfielder throwing a Chelsea pennant on the ground.
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger admitted his side used the act of disrespect as motivation in the Premier League fixture. The Blues won the crucial match, in the context of Champions League qualification.
The FA charged both Clubs for failing to control their players.
“Chelsea FC and Leicester City FC have both been charged with a breach of FA Rule E 20.1 following their Premier League fixture on Tuesday 18 May 2021,” a statement from the FA read on Thursday. “It is alleged that both clubs failed to ensure their players and/or club officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour during the 93rd minute. Chelsea FC and Leicester City FC both have until Tuesday 25 May 2021 to provide their respective responses.”
Chelsea are currently third in the Premier League points table with 67 points from 37 games. They are one point ahead of fourth placed Liverpool. Thomas Tuchel’s side will travel to Aston Villa for their final League fixture of the season. Chelsea will take on English champions Manchester City in the Champions League final on May 29.
Leicester, on the other hand, are sixth, level on points with Liverpool. They will host Tottenham in the final match day on May 23. Brendan Rodgers’ side’s Champions League qualification is not in their own hands.