Chelsea unlikely to be docked points for Manchester City melee

Tempers flare at the Etihad as  Gary Cahill of Chelsea and Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City square off
Image: Tempers flare at the Etihad as Gary Cahill of Chelsea and Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City square off

Chelsea are unlikely to have points deducted following the melee with Manchester City, Sky Sports News HQ understands.

An FA commission will consider what sanction to impose after Chelsea players were involved in a brawl with City players following a tackle on David Luiz by Sergio Aguero.

Chelsea face the more severe sanction, having been charged and fined with a breach of the FA E20 Rule covering the behaviour of players on five separate occasions.

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After the most recent fine, following their ill-tempered derby against Spurs last season, Chelsea were warned they could face a point deduction for what the commission called their "abysmal" recording regarding Rule E20.

However, SSNHQ believes that the nature of the fracas, started by Aguero's tackle on Luiz, means it's highly unlikely that a points deduction will be considered by the independent panel.

Fernandinho was sent off after clashing with Cesc Fabregas
Image: Fernandinho was sent off after clashing with Cesc Fabregas

SSNHQ understands that the commission meeting will be held in the next few days.

Following their 1-0 win over West Brom on Sunday, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said: "For me, if you are involved in a situation and the fault is not your one, you must pay? Why?

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Sergio Aguero is dismissed by Anthony Taylor
Image: Sergio Aguero is dismissed by Anthony Taylor

"I don't understand this. Manchester City and Chelsea, at the end of the game, my players tried to keep their calm. I don't understand this. I repeat, I don't understand this.

"We are trying to improve in all aspects, also this. For this reason, I reply: you must be joking. You must be honest and understand which team is at fault." 

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