Chelsea is facing the prospect of being the first top-flight team to be deducted points for over 25 years following their inability to control players at the death of the 3-1 away win at title hopefuls Manchester City.
The last teams to face this heavy punishment were Manchester United and Arsenal back in 1990, however, the FA has not come to a verdict just yet, with Chelsea reportedly asking for a personal hearing.
The Stamford Bridge outfit was charged alongside Manchester City where both sets of players were involved in a bad-tempered ending to a game that left the latter trailing the former by four points. The brawl came to life following a career-threatening challenge by Sergio Aguero on Chelsea defender David Luiz. Aguero, alongside City teammate Fernandinho, were both dismissed with straight red cards, with the latter earning his marching orders after grabbing Cesc Fabregas by the neck and shoving him beyond the hoardings.
In an event that marked Chelsea’s fifth occasion to appear before an FA disciplinary in just 19 months following the breaching of FA Rule E20 that involves the behavior of players. Apparently, the Blues have been found guilty on all occasions and hit with huge fines for the past four events, with the fifth awaiting verdict. If the latest reports from UK’s Mirror Sport are true, Chelsea could be docked Premier League points for poor player conduct.
The last time Chelsea appeared before an FA disciplinary panel was last season after the match against Tottenham where both sides were fined for failing to control their players. While the former paid £290,000, the latter paid £175,000, however, the writing was clear that any future ill-tempered actions could lead to a “proper sanction” of “points deduction” for Chelsea.
Back in 1990, Arsenal was deducted two points and Manchester United lost a solitary point for the actions of the game where the former had won 1-0. Still, Arsenal went on to lift the title at the end of the season.
Chelsea currently sits on top of the Premier League on 34 points, only bettered by Arsenal’s goal difference, but the latter has played an extra game. The former plays West Brom on Sunday in a match that could see the Blues regain their 3-point advantage over their closest rivals.