Chelsea hit with £20,000 fine
By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Chelsea have been fined £20,000 by the Football Association after players and coaches surrounded referee Lee Mason at half-time during last Wednesday’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Huddersfield.
The FA announced on Wednesday that Chelsea had accepted a charge “for failing to ensure their players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion”.
The Blues were angered when Mason awarded the hosts a corner, but then blew for half-time before it was taken by Willian. The official had adjudged the required stoppage time had elapsed.
Captain Cesar Azpilicueta, midfielder Cesc Fabregas and defender Antonio Rudiger led the protests. Rudiger had to be dragged away by assistant coach Carlo Cudicini, who also addressed Mason.
The draw against the Terriers played a part in Chelsea missing out on Champions League qualification. They finished the season in fifth place, five points behind Liverpool.
The Blues were frustrated by time-wasting and gamesmanship from Town throughout the game, the result of which hit their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season.
And a 3-0 loss at Newcastle last Sunday saw Chelsea finish fifth.
Antonio Conte’s side could yet finish the season with a trophy. The Blues play Manchester United in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley – a game you can hear live on talkSPORT.