Huth and Fellaini charged with violent conduct

LONDON • Robert Huth will still be able to take part in Leicester City's title celebrations at the King Power Stadium on Saturday even if he is banned from playing in the match against Everton - for which tickets are going for as much as £8,000 (S$15,700) on resale websites in England - because of his clash with Marouane Fellaini, who has also been charged with violent conduct.

The Football Association announced on Tuesday Huth had been charged along with the Manchester United midfielder over their spat during Leicester's 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Fellaini appeared to swing his left elbow towards Huth's head on two occasions in the 21st minute after the German defender seemed to pull his hair.

Michael Oliver, the referee, did not mention the incident in his match report, so the FA has retrospectively charged both players, who have been given 24 hours to respond.

If the players accept the charge - or are found guilty by an independent panel of three former elite referees - they will be hit with a three-match suspension each.

Meanwhile, Cesc Fabregas has been accused of sparking the melee that followed Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Monday that handed Leicester the title.

The Spanish midfielder reportedly flicked at the groin area of Tottenham players and coaching staff and appeared to be heavily involved in the melee.

Players and staff were seen pushing and shoving at the entrance to the players' tunnel and resulted in Guus Hiddink, the Chelsea interim manager, being knocked to the floor.

Diego Costa, the Chelsea striker, could also face action after appearing to square up to Michel Vorm, Tottenham's reserve goalkeeper, and clash with Jan Vertonghen.

The FA have requested for footage of the incident and asked the broadcaster and Chelsea TV for video of a number of other flashpoints.

The London clubs are expected to be charged with failing to control their players and there could be individual punishments.

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele was seen on television to appear to scratch the face of Costa and is expected to be charged along with his team-mate Erik Lamela, who was shown to have stood on the hand of Fabregas.

An unprecedented nine Tottenham players were booked, which will lead to an automatic FA fine.

Spurs players were unhappy that Mark Clattenburg, the referee, called Chelsea players by their first name on the pitch.

Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham manager, could also be asked to explain why he entered the field of play and put his hands on Chelsea midfielder Willian as he tried to separate the Brazilian from Danny Rose, his left-back, near the end of the first half.

It led to a scuffle and Rose apologised for the players' behaviour on Tuesday.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 05, 2016, with the headline 'Huth and Fellaini charged with violent conduct'. Print Edition | Subscribe