It has been dubbed as ‘The Battle of Stamford Bridge’ by sensationalist tabloids, and it was clear that there were going to be repercussions after the Manchester United substitutes clashed with the Chelsea groundsman after the game, while the Red Devils captain was throwing his weight around in the tunnel.
Sky Sports report that Patrice Evra has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after the Frenchman appeared to exchange punches with a Stamford Bridge member of staff. It’s not clear how the fracas began, although there is certainly incriminating evidence against the full-back, who can be seen being restrained by his United team-mates on a handful of photographs.
As a result of the fracas, Evra has been charged with improper conduct along with Chelsea groundsman Sam Bethell, who has also been charged with using abusive language aggravated by reference to nationality/race.
It’s almost certain that United will lodge an appeal against this decision, especially with the likelihood that something was said to provoke the player. In addition, Rio Ferdinand has just about got away with being charged, although it will pain him to hear the below statement, which threatens his chances of getting the England captaincy.
The FA statement continued: “The FA also investigated a post-match incident involving Rio Ferdinand and a Chelsea steward. No charge has been issued, on the basis that the incident was an accident and an apology had been made.
“In reaching its decision the FA relied largely on evidence provided by the steward in question. However, Ferdinand has been reminded of his responsibilities.”
There’s often fireworks involved when you perm any two from Man United, Chelsea and Arsenal. All three teams don’t like losing, especially when it’s against one of their arch-rivals when the stakes are so high and the matches are hyped up beyond belief by Sky. Should the broadcaster share some of the blame for the way that they ramp up these matches, or should the players just ruddy well behave themselves, win or lose.