were fined £100,000 for a mass player confrontation despite claims their
"culture changed" under manager Antonio Conte, the Football Association has
An independent commission has disclosed why Chelsea and Manchester City were
fined following a fracas on the pitch last month, in written reasons
published by the FA.
Both clubs admitted a charge for failing to control their players in added
time of the Premier League game on December 3 last year, but requested a
personal hearing with the commission.
Chelsea won 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium, with Manchester City's Fernandinho
and Sergio Aguero sent off during the fracas.
Chelsea were fined £100,000 and City sanctioned £35,000 for the same
"The commission was not unanimous as to which party actually caused the mass
confrontation," ruled the panel, chaired by Gareth Farrelly. "There was
considerable deliberation as to whether the Sergio Aguero tackle [on David
Luiz, which led to his sending-off] was the primary instigator of the
incident or whether the Nathaniel Chalobah push [in the aftermath] was
The panel, which also included Udo Onwere and Ifeanyi Odogwu, decided by a
majority that the nature of Aguero's tackle was the main reason for the
It was noted that Manchester City had a "previous unblemished record".
Jim Sturman QC, representing Chelsea, told the commission that: "...The
culture of the club had changed under the new manager (Antonio Conte)."
Chelsea also argued: "...There was no sustained aggression and the incident
did not last long. There was no disrespect shown to the referee and this
incident was less serious than previous infractions."
Yousif Elagab, representing the FA, told the panel: "The FA to some degree
understood the players' reactions but a key point of concern in this case
was the fan involvement, and the fans being close to the field of play."
The commission ruled that both clubs were "equally culpable" as the game was
a "high profile, top-of-the-table clash with a worldwide audience."
The written reasons do not reveal whether a points deduction was considered
but the commission acknowledged that the prompt admission of guilt from both
clubs reduced their punishment.
Chelsea received a higher fine after the panel considered six previous
breaches of the same rule since 2011, worth nearly £500,000.