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Chelsea admit FA charge
02 Mar 2007 - 15:40:42
Chelsea have admitted a Football Association charge of failing to control their players during the Carling Cup final victory against Arsenal at the Millennium Stadium.
The Blues have requested a personal hearing as the fall-out from the controversial encounter continues.
Three players - Chelsea's John Obi Mikel and Gunners duo Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure - were sent off by referee Howard Webb after an ugly fracas marred 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.
Mourinho said after the game: "It was a pity that happened.
"I do understand it's emotional and I understand how the players are feeling. Arsenal were losing the final, so I think their emotions took over.
"Sometimes mature people lose control of their emotions. You cannot kill a player because something happened.
"If Mikel did something wrong, it is not my job to kill him, it is my job to educate him.
"It was a great game between two teams with two different styles, but history will show we have taken the cup home."
The FA will schedule a date for Chelsea's hearing in due course.