Chelsea escape points deduction again as FA hand down punishment for Liverpool incident

By Tom Cavilla

Chelsea have been fined £25,000 by the FA for failing to control their players during their 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield but have avoided a points deduction.

The Londoners swarmed referee Anthony Taylor after he dismissed Reece James for a handball on the verge of half-time, which resulted in the Reds being awarded a penalty and scoring from the spot.

Chelsea's protests regarding the decision continued at half-time as they voiced their discontent at James' red card.

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Thomas Tuchel's side were charged a week ago today for their actions on the pitch, but have escaped a serious punishment in the form of a points deduction.

Chelsea had already been been penalised seven times in the previous seven years for similar offences relating to acting in a disorderly fashion - but the FA have chosen not to make an example of the Londoners for being repeat offenders despite having the power to do so.

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Commenting on their decision to charge the club, an FA statement read:

"Chelsea FC has been fined £25,000 for two breaches of FA Rule E20.1 which occurred during their Premier League fixture against Liverpool FC on Saturday 28 August 2021.

"The club admitted failing to ensure that its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during both the 48th minute of the first half and following the half-time whistle."

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