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Chelsea charged over West Brom referee incident

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LONDON, March 8 (Reuters) - Champions Chelsea were charged by the English FA on Wednesday after their players surrounded referee Mark Halsey in Saturday's Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion.


Knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona on Tuesday, Chelsea were charged with "failing to ensure that their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion".


The incident followed a foul by a West Brom player in the 43rd minute of Chelsea's 2-1 Premier League win. Dutch winger Arjen Robben was sent off later in the game and was subsequently banned for four games.



Before the start of this season the FA said it was seriously concerned at the increasing incidence of players swarming around match officials in an attempt to influence their decisions.


FIFA said last Saturday after a meeting of the law-making International Football Association Board that players guilty of intimidating the referee at this summer's World Cup finals would immediatly be booked for their actions.


Manchester United were involved in an infamous incident in the 1999-2000 season when players, led by captain Roy Keane, hounded referee Andy D'Urso after he awarded Middlesbrough a penalty.


United manager Alex Ferguson later told his players their behaviour was unacceptable.


Yahoo Sports


Is the sky caving in over the Chavs?


Hopefully UEFA will go at them for their delay of game tactics last night and the FA could still go at them for their half time last weekend.


Sometimes playing the bully can bite you in the a$$.

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Evacuate any non-football related people from the area then blow up the whole club.

Sentence John Terry to 25 years wearing ankle socks

Have Mourinho shackled to a post in Trafalgar Square under a banner labelled " Translator and Lackey Jose Mourinho " and allow passers by to feed the pigeons.

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