Chelsea admit FA charge

02 March 2007 03:40
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.

Source: ESA