Soccer-Chelsea fined for failing to control players in Liverpool game


FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Chelsea v West Ham United - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - December 21, 2020 General view of corner flag being sprayed with disinfectant Pool via REUTERS/Catherine Ivill

(Reuters) - Chelsea have been fined 25,000 pounds ($34,000) for failing to control their players in the 1-1 Premier League draw against Liverpool at Anfield last month, the Football Association (FA) said on Wednesday.

Chelsea players clashed with their Liverpool counterparts and referee Anthony Taylor after the latter decided to send off defender Reece James in first-half stoppage time for handball and award a penalty, which Mohamed Salah converted.

"The club admitted failing to ensure that its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during both the 48th minute of the first half and following the half-time whistle," the FA said in a statement.

Chelsea host Aston Villa on Saturday and Liverpool travel to Leeds United on Sunday.

($1 = 0.7273 pounds)

(Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)

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