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Blues hit with Rams charge
27 Nov 2007 - 17:29:19
Chelsea have been charged with failing to control their players after the fracas which followed Michael Essien's dismissal at Derby on Saturday.
The Ghana midfielder was sent off in the closing stages of their 2-0 victory at Pride Park after lashing out at Rams striker Kenny Miller with a flailing arm.
Essien's own appeal has been rejected and he will now serve an automatic three-match ban.
Meanwhile, the Football Association have decided to take further action after captain John Terry and several team-mates confronted referee Andre Marriner after he issued the red card.
"Chelsea have been charged for the behaviour of Chelsea players towards referee Andre Marriner during the match at Derby County on Saturday 24 November," read an FA statement.
"The club were charged with failing to ensure that its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion following the sending-off of Michael Essien for violent conduct, and have until 12 December to respond.
"At a Regulatory Commission hearing, Essien had a claim for wrongful dismissal rejected.
"He will therefore serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect."