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FA charges Clarke and Chelsea

The Football Association has charged Chelsea with failing to control their players during their match against Manchester United on 23rd September.

Charges have been issued against Chelsea and their assistant coach Steve Clarke following incidents which occurred during the Old Trafford clash.

The charge with regards the behaviour of Chelsea's players relates to the manner in which they responded to referee Mike Dean, following the first-half sending-off of John Obi Mikel.

Captain John Terry was seen to try and snatch the red card from Dean's hand, in an incident that has landed the England captain in hot water with the FA.

Clarke has been charged with using abusive and/or insulting words towards the match officials at the game's conclusion.

The FA has already rejected Chelsea's appeal against Mikel's red card, as they upheld Dean's decision, meaning the Nigerian is serving a three-match suspension.

Chelsea and Clarke, who have until 12th October to respond, have confirmed they will 'strongly defend' the two charges.

"Chelsea football club will be strongly defending the the two charges issued by the Football Association today and will be considering that defence until we have to respond on October 12," read an official club statement.

Source skysports.com
 
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