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Clubs fined over Final brawl

27 March 2007 03:46
Arsenal and Chelsea have both been fined £100,000 by the Football Association and reprimanded for the involvement of their players and officials in a mass brawl towards the end of last month's Carling Cup Final. Both clubs had admitted a charge of failing to ensure their players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion following the stoppage-time confrontation at the Millennium Stadium on February 25. Three players - Chelsea's John Obi Mikel and Gunners duo Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure - were sent off by referee Howard Webb in the closing stages of the Blues' 2-1 victory. The incident also led to managers Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger entering the field of play in an attempt to break up the scuffles. "The (disciplinary) commission stated that it viewed the incident as serious, unacceptable and damaging to the image of the game," read an FA statement. "However, it bore into account the guilty pleas and the mitigation put forward by both clubs. "It found that Arsenal players had been marginally more involved in the incident, but that Chelsea had past proven cases in recent years regarding the general behaviour of their players where warnings had been issued."

Source: ESA