Chelsea face fine over charges

Chelsea face a fine likely to be at least £20,000 after they were charged with failing to control their players for a fourth time in 18 months.

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The FA action followed Blues players surrounding referee Mike Dean after he sent off John Obi Mikel in Sunday's defeat at Old Trafford.

Assistant manager Steve Clarke also faces a fine and possible touchline ban for alleged comments directed at the official.

Chelsea plan to contest the allegations and Mirror Sport understands they will point to a lack of consistency in the approach of Dean and the FA to the conduct of Manchester United's players.

A statement said: "Chelsea FC will be strongly defending the two charges issued by the FA and will be considering that defence until we have to respond on October 12."

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