Chelsea fined £65k by FA for players' conduct; West Brom fined £35k
Chelsea have been fined £65,000 and West Brom £35,000 "after failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion" in the 2-2 Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge on Jan. 13, the English Football Association has announced.
The charge related to the 58th minute of the game, when Diego Costa tumbled in front of Claudio Yacob -- already booked -- as the Spain striker looked to join a counter-attack.
The Baggies midfielder avoided punishment, prompting Chelsea complaints led by captain John Terry. Yacob then departed two minutes later, substituted for Saido Berahino.
Both Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion have been fined and warned as to their future conduct after admitting charge: https://t.co/Vu3GNa9Mqz- The FA (@FA) January 26, 2016
Both clubs were charged on Jan. 15, and an official statement on the FA's website released on Tuesday read: "Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion have been fined £65,000 and £35,000 respectively and warned as to their future conduct after both clubs admitted breaching FA Rule E20(a) in relation to their game on Jan. 13. 2016.
"It was alleged that in or around the 58th minute of the fixture, they failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion. The cases, which were considered 'non-standard' due to both clubs having committed similar breaches of FA Rule E20(a) within the preceding 12 months, were heard by an Independent Regulatory Commission on Monday [Jan. 25, 2016].
"For incidents that are considered 'non-standard' it is at the discretion of the Commission to determine what sanction it deems appropriate and it may, where applicable, take into account any previous proven charge(s) of a similar nature."
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A few days after the incident, Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink said Yacob should have been dismissed, and was so frustrated with the performance of referee Anthony Taylor that he expressed his concerns to fourth official Jon Moss.
"I told him: 'This is one of the worst referees of the Premier League I have experienced,'" said Hiddink, who had a prior caretaker spell at Chelsea in 2009.
"He said to me 'you haven't seen me yet,' which was a beautiful remark I think."
Chelsea striker Costa squared up to Baggies keeper Boaz Myhill at full-time, having earlier been involved in an angry exchange of words with defender Jonas Olsson.
The striker then punched the tunnel wall as he stormed off the pitch, with Hiddink saying: "A hole in the tunnel wall? We can repair that easily, it's not a problem.
"He's an emotional guy and I like that very much. If you have to push players it's difficult to survive in the Premier League, but if you have to control them it's much better."
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.