Chelsea, Spurs slapped with heavy fines

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London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have both been hit with large fines by the FA following the incidents that marred their 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge earlier this month.

Both clubs admitted to failing to control their players and/or officials.

Chelsea were hit with the heavier fine and must pay £375,000, while Spurs will have to cough up £225,000.

A statement from the FA read: “Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have been fined £375,000 and £225,000 respectively after both clubs admitted 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 their fixture at Stamford Bridge on Monday 2 May 2016. Prior to this fixture, Chelsea had breached FA Rule E20 on four separate occasions and Tottenham Hotspur twice since November 2014.”

Following the Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, both clubs were also warned as to their future conduct.

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Chelsea trailed 2-0 at half-time but fought back with two second half goals to salvage a 2-2 draw, effectively ending Spurs’ Premier League title hopes and crowning Leicester as champions.

The fractious encounter saw 12 bookings in total, with Spurs players receiving a Premier League record nine yellow cards.

The most serious incident happened just before half-time, when a clash between Danny Rose and Willian erupted into a larger brawl during which Mousa Dembele appeared to gouge Diego Costa’s eye.

Dembele subsequently received a six-match ban.

Another fracas broke out after Eden Hazard’s 83rd-minute equaliser, and there were further clashes near the tunnel after the final whistle, resulting in Chelsea’s interim boss Guus Hiddink being pushed to the ground.

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