Manchester United have been fined £20,000 for failing to control their players’ conduct against Chelsea.
The Red Devils visited Stamford Bridge on Monday for a heated FA Cup quarterfinals tie, which the Blues went on to win 1-0. The game also saw its fair share of controversies, including a touchline spat between Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, and Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera getting sent off early in the first half.
The Spaniard picked up two quick Yellow cards – both times for fouls against Eden Hazard – and was shown the Red by referee Michael Oliver in the 35th minute. Several Manchester United players were seen approaching the referee right after he sent Herrera off, in order to protest against the decision.
Conte was also heard complaining about the way Eden Hazard was roughhoused throughout the game during his post-match interview, as he claimed: “My point of view is that we want to play football and for the first 25 minutes it was impossible for Hazard to play because he got a lot of kicks. I’m not crazy and it’s not only me who saw it.
“He started [the game] receiving kicks and finished it receiving kicks, nobody can say that didn’t happen. A tactic doesn’t exist when you go to kick an opponent, it’s not football.”
And now, the FA have confirmed that Manchester United have been punished for failing to control their players after referee showed Ander Herrera the red card, with a £20,000 fine.
“It relates to a breach of FA Rule E20(a) for failing to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion in or around the 35th minute of their Emirates FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea on Monday 13 March 2017.”