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Could The FA Really Deduct Points From Chelsea?

Stunning reports in the Sunday newspapers that Premier League leaders Chelsea, could be docked points in the ­aftermath of last weekend’s Battle of the Etihad.

Chelsea and Manchester City were both charged by the FA with failing to control their players after the showpiece top-of-the-table clash erupted in a mass brawl following Sergio Aguero’s X-rated challenge on Blues’ defender David Luiz.

Aguero and City midfielder Fernandinho were sent off after a bust-up involving all 22 players, several substitutes and even members of both clubs’ coaching staff.

The issue for Antonio Conte’s side is that this is the FIFTH time in 19 months that Chelsea have been hauled in front of disciplinary chiefs for breaching FA Rule E20 covering the behaviour of players.

The Londoners were found guilty and hit with fines on the four previous occasions.

A warning about the future conduct of their players was put in writing to Chelsea when they appealed against a fine imposed for their part in last season’s ­ill-tempered London derby with Tottenham.

The independent commission at the time made it clear to Chelsea that a points deduction had been considered and that they could be be docked points if their players continued to misbehave en-masse.

It read: “The Board is satisfied the greater fine on Chelsea fairly reflects its role in the incident and its lamentable recent record for failing properly to control its players.

“The time cannot be too far distant when a Commission concludes the only proper sanction is a points deduction.”

No top-flight club has been docked points for disciplinary problems since Manchester United and Arsenal were both controversially punished for a mass brawl when they met at Old Trafford in October 1990.

Arsenal, who won the game 1-0, had two points deducted because they had been involved in a similar fracas at Norwich the previous year, while United were docked one point.

According to media reports, it is understood that Chelsea are aware of the threat of a points deduction and have asked the FA for a personal hearing.

Do you really think that the FA would deduct points from Chelsea, something that could well determine the Premier League title at the end of the season.

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  • bekele December 12, 2016, 6:03 am

    If English FA Deduct Points From Chelsea I Kill my self b/c chelsea my heart beat for ever.i don,t understand why FA deduct points from chelsea the only probelem occured manchster city player spacially sergio aguro

  • Nyasha December 12, 2016, 5:07 am

    It’s unfair to deduct points on Chelsea,a fine is enough

  • evance ouma December 11, 2016, 6:01 am

    only manchester city xhould be charged en aguero 2 for misconducts not Chelsea

  • Jaymac December 11, 2016, 5:52 am

    It’s only in EPL that the unthinkable do happen in football, and I don’t have the time to begin to name some of those, however, points deduction is like going to the extreme, and before FA should take such a wicked decision, they must consider these two important things, (a) Who/which team started or caused the problem in the first place, as it’s quite difficult or near impossible for a player or his team mates to just stand and watch while they’re being hacked and pushed about, (b) The said disturbance must be of epic proportion not just what we saw almost at the end of this very game. And finally, that the previously warned team/s must be guilty of these two things mentioned above, from every angle of fair and unbiased considerations!

  • ominini west December 11, 2016, 5:41 am

    Only God can stop Chelsea from carrying this league

  • alex December 11, 2016, 4:58 am

    thats ver
    y unfair!

  • victor December 11, 2016, 4:50 am

    I don’t think it should get to that.. a fine should be charged for both teams but let the points be

  • atang izang December 11, 2016, 4:39 am

    The English FA rules are a misnomer when they involved Chelsea; why are the FA chiefs so biased in their interpretation of the rules without proper analysis to see which of the sides started the brawl?
    Spurs and Man City and other teams’ players behave violently anytime they play Chelsea whether at Stamford Bridge or at their own turfs. why have they not been punished by points deduction but only monetary fines?

  • joseph porto December 11, 2016, 4:34 am

    How clever! They lost on the field against a title contender, then initiate an agression, and a brawl, now the title contender lose the points!
    Smart and dishonest, only in the EPL can happen such manipulations.
    All the world knows how Manchester clubs receive favors that can’t sustain on the pitch!
    It is scandalous!

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