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Football: Chelsea's Faria banned for six matches after ref row

Published on May 2, 2014 3:27 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Chelsea assistant manager Rui Faria was hit with a six-match stadium ban and fined £30,000 (S$63,400) on Thursday following his furious rant at the officials during Sunderland's shock win at Stamford Bridge.

The Football Association found Faria guilty of two charges of improper conduct after Jose Mourinho's long-time assistant had to be restrained during a fiery touchline exchange with referee Mike Dean and fourth official Phil Dowd in the closing stages of Chelsea's surprise 2-1 home defeat against Sunderland last month.

The incident was sparked by Dean's decision to award a controversial penalty to Sunderland when Blues defender Cesar Azpilicueta slid in to challenge Jozy Altidore, causing the Black Cats striker to tumble even though there was little intentional contact.

Fabio Borini converted the spot-kick to seal a Sunderland victory which dealt a major blow to Chelsea's hopes of winning the Premier League and ended Mourinho's 77-game unbeaten run in league matches at Stamford Bridge.

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