Middlesbrough have copped a £6,000 fine by the Football Association after the club admitted a charge of "failing to control their players" during the Premier League match against West Brom on January 17. "At a regulatory commission hearing on Wednesday, Middlesbrough FC were fined £6,000 for failing to control their players," the FA statement read.

"The charge relates to the conduct of Middlesbrough players towards referee Mark Halsey following the sending-off of Didier Digard during the second half of their match against West Bromwich Albion on 17 January.

"Middlesbrough admitted the charge and requested a personal hearing, £2,000 of the fine is suspended until the end of the 2009/10 season pending any further breaches of the same rule."