Mousa Dembele, Chelsea and Tottenham charged following 'Battle of the Bridge'
By Allan Valente
Last Updated: 05/05/16 10:07pm
The deadline for Tottenham's Mousa Dembele to respond to his FA charge passed on Thursday evening with it still not clear whether an appeal had been submitted.
Dembele could be set to miss the start of next season after the Spurs midfielder was charged over an incident involving Chelsea's Diego Costa which was missed by officials during Monday's 'Battle of the Bridge'.
Chelsea and Spurs have also been charged by the FA with three breaches of failing to control their players during the Monday Night Football encounter, which saw the home side come back from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw and end Tottenham's chances of winning the Premier League.
If Dembele accepts the charge or is found guilty, the FA has indicated that the standard three-match suspension would be a 'clearly insufficient' punishment.
An FA statement said: "It is alleged the player's behaviour constituted violent conduct in circumstances where the standard punishment of three matches that would otherwise apply is clearly insufficient."
The statement added: "Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees.
"Each referee panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence.
"For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous."
Both clubs have been charged for three breaches of FA Rule E20 for failing to control their players and/or officials.
The FA charges come after incidents in the 45th and 87th minutes and also at the end of the game at Stamford Bridge and both clubs have until 6pm on Monday, May 9 to respond to their charge.