Football: Chelsea hit with S$180,000 fine, Manchester City docked S$63,000 over Dec 3 melee

A shoving match ensued after City striker Sergio Aguero launched himself at David Luiz towards the end of Chelsea's 3-1 win at City on Dec 3. Aguero and his team-mate Fernandinho were sent off.
A shoving match ensued after City striker Sergio Aguero launched himself at David Luiz towards the end of Chelsea's 3-1 win at City on Dec 3. Aguero and his team-mate Fernandinho were sent off.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Premier League leaders Chelsea and Manchester City have been fined over the touchline brawl that erupted at the end of their recent league game, the Football Association announced on Tuesday (Dec 13).

Chelsea were fined £100,000 (S$180,000) and City £35,000 (S$63,000) for "failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour".

A shoving match ensued after City striker Sergio Aguero launched himself at David Luiz towards the end of Chelsea's 3-1 win at City on Dec 3. Aguero and his team-mate Fernandinho were sent off.

"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 FA said in a statement.

Aguero was given a four-game ban for his foul on Luiz, while Fernandinho got a three-game suspension for shoving Cesc Fabregas over an advertising hoarding.

Chelsea's win was their eighth in a nine-game winning streak, while City tasted defeat at home for the first time under manager Pep Guardiola.