The English FA has slammed two counts charges against the reigning UEFA Champions League champions for failing to control their players during the league game.
Recall that during the Premier League game which took place at the Anfield Stadium, things went sour for Liverpool in the 22nd minute of the game when Kai Havertz gave Chelsea the lead.
Despite the goal, the match continued to be as balanced as he started until in the additional minute of the first half when the VAR confirmed that Reece James committed a handball in the penalty box.
The center-referee of the game, Anthony Taylor awarded a spot-kick to Liverpool and showed James a Red Card after reviewing the handball incident via a side monitor.
Chelsea players were not only unhappy that the referee gave Liverpool a spot-kick, were not also happy that James was sent off due to the incident. The argument was that the ball rolled from the English defender’s lap to his hand.
After a moment of rancor on the pitch, the referee brought things under control and the spot-kick was taken. After Mohamed Salah had scored the spot-kick, Chelsea’s goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy angrily kicked the ball against the legs of Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson.
The referee was not pleased with this action and had to show the goalkeeper a yellow card which sparked another round of rancor.
Chelsea resumed the second half with 10 men and they were able to maintain the 1-1 draw until the end of the game.
After the game, some fans of the Chelsea football club began to sign a petition against referee Anthony Taylor. They want the Premier League to ban the referee from officiating any match involving Chelsea.
They argued that the referee has always been unfair to Chelsea especially in terms of showing Chelsea’s players cards during games.
However, that seems not to be the major concern of the English FA. The FA wants Chelsea to explain why they failed to make their players behave orderly during the Premier League game.
“Chelsea FC has been charged with two breaches of FA Rule E20.1 following their Premier League fixture against Liverpool FC on Saturday,” read an FA statement.
“It is alleged that Chelsea FC failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 48th minute of the first half and following the half-time whistle.
“Chelsea FC has until Friday to respond to this charge.”
At the time of publishing this report, Chelsea are yet to make a public reaction to FA’s charges against the club.
'They gave everything.'— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 29, 2021