Dembele and Spurs charged by FA

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As expected, Tottenham Hotspur have faced the wrath of the Football Association after they confirmed that both Spurs and Chelsea been charged with failing to control their players and/or officials.

Midfielder Mousa Dembele has also been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct in his bust-up with Diego Costa which some have labelled ‘eye gouging’ which seems a bit on the extreme side.

Some have claimed that Demebele could face as much as a 10 match ban for the incident at Stamford Bridge which saw nine Spurs players receive a booking from referee Mark Clattenburg.

Fellow midfielder Dele Alli already has to sit out the rest of the campaign after being cited for a punch to the stomach in the draw against West Brom at the Lane.

A statement read: “Both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have been charged for three breaches of FA Rule E20 for failing to control their players and/or officials. It follows incidents which occurred in the 45th and 87th minutes and also at the end of the game at Stamford Bridge on Monday night [2 May 2016].

“Both clubs have until 6pm on Monday 9 May 2016 to respond to their charge.

“Meanwhile, Mousa Dembele has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video during the same game.

“The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was involved in an incident with Chelsea’s Diego Costa near the end of the first half.

“Further, 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 player has until 6pm on Thursday 5 May 2016 to respond to the charge.”

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  1. How can the FA claim the officials didn't see it when the assistant ref in Sky pictures was looking straight at the Dembele incident from about 2 metres with no obstruction

  2. Chris. I'm a spurs fan so first well done to Leiester. I agree that if Moussa did what he's accused of then he deserves a ban and from the photos etc I can see why people think that, but Costa goes down at he slightest touch can you imagine what he would do if it was an eye gourge he would have gone ballistic at the ref or if it was a scratch on his face, but he didn't say a word and there was no mark on his face. From what I've seen Costa has his arm right round Moussas armpit and holding the back of his shirt by his left shoulder blade, so Moussa couldn't put his arm down if he wanted to and with all the pushing n shoving that the Chelsea players always do to intimidate the ref, it could easily appear that Moussa was going for his face, the linesman was right there n didn't flag up. I don't agree with violence, shirt pulling, holding arms etc there is so much of it going on its ruining the game and I thought it was only the captains that speak to the ref, so why didn't the ref take action when all the Chelsea players surround him, obviously it makes the apposing team crowd round to. Other than that a great game, shame about the ending in the tunnel. I would like to know on other people's view, but not the silly nasty comments and hatred that goes on the comment board. Coys


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