Spurs, Blues fined for lack of control

LONDON - Chelsea and Tottenham have been handed fines of £375,000 (S$744,000) and £225,000 respectively following the fallout from their ill-tempered Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge on May 2.

The match produced 12 yellow cards as well as two mass brawls, involving players and coaches from both sides.

Both clubs were subsequently charged with three counts of failing to control their players, while Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele was also handed a retrospective six-match ban for violent conduct, after clawing his fingers down the face of Chelsea forward Diego Costa.

The case was heard by an independent regulatory commission, at which both clubs accepted the charges and were also warned about future conduct.

A statement from the Football Association read: "Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have been fined £375,000 and £225,000 respectively after both clubs admitted three breaches of FA Rule E20 for failing to control their players and/or officials."

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was reportedly unhappy with what he perceives to have been a lack of support from the club's hierarchy over the suspensions to Dele Alli and Dembele which contributed towards his side slumping to finish third in the Premier League.

The Argentinian has a good relationship with chairman Daniel Levy, but feels that the club could have given him more backing in challenging the FA charges that caused him to miss two key players towards the end of the season.

Alli missed the final three games through suspension after being found guilty of violent conduct for punching Claudio Yacob in the 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion.

Pochettino had wanted Tottenham to contest that charge, but was overruled. Spurs were also unable to appeal against Dembele's six-match ban, and Pochettino was unhappy at being the only person at the club to condemn the length of the suspension.

"For me, it's not fair," Pochettino said of Dembele's ban. "But they are the rules. Sometimes the rules give out a different message to the people."

THE GUARDIAN, THE TIMES, LONDON

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2016, with the headline 'Spurs, Blues fined for lack of control'. Print Edition | Subscribe