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Man City and Chelsea both charged by the FA

Tempers boiled over at the Etihad on Saturday. Credit: Reuters

Man City and Chelsea have been charged by the FA for failing to control their players in the closing stages of Saturday's Premier League fixture.

A reckless challenge from Sergio Aguero on David Luiz sparked ugly scenes that resulted in both Aguero and Fernandinho receiving their marching orders.

But the flashpoint also involved several other players from both sides, as emotions spilled over in one of this season's most entertaining and highly-charged matches.

Chelsea came from one goal down to record a stunning 3-1 victory that kept them on top of the Premier League table.

A statement from the FA read:

Both Manchester City and Chelsea have been charged for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour.

It follows an incident in the 95th minute of the game on Saturday 3 December. Both clubs have until 6pm on 8 December 2016 to respond to the charge.

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas will not face any further action in relation to an incident involving City’s Fernandinho. Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees.

Each referee panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence. For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous.

– Football Association statement

Basel manager: Arsenal were 'dominated' by West Ham

Fischer felt that West Ham dominated against Arsenal despite the 5-1 loss. Credit: PA

Basel manager Urs Fischer insists Arsenal were "dominated" by West Ham on Saturday evening, despite hammering the Hammers 5-1.

Fischer welcomes the Gunners to Switzerland for a Champions League tie this week knowing the odds are stacked against his team.

Despite that, former Switzerland defender Fischer will not go out looking just for a share of the spoils against Arsene Wenger's men.

He said:

We do not go into the game with the goal of a draw. That would be too dangerous. I think we need to score goals, especially against a team like Arsenal.

Arsenal have that quality that even when you think you are quite good, they still score a goal. Alexis Sanchez didn't have to score three goals for us to know he is an excellent player.

I did see the 5-1 match - West Ham dominated that match. What I could see is that Arsenal have really dynamic movement and good forward runs.

They are a very efficient squad. In the first half it was balanced, in the second half West Ham were the better team and were dominating the match. But then Arsenal scored and it changed so fast and made them pay.

– Basel manager Urs Fischer


Preston team-mates handed fines after public fight

Doyle and Beckford embarrassed themselves at the weekend. Credit: PA

Preston have fined Jermaine Beckford and Eoin Doyle following their dismissals for fighting between themselves during Saturday's defeat at Sheffield Wednesday and will use the money to refund the club's travelling fans.

Beckford and team-mate Doyle were both shown straight red cards by referee Scott Duncan in stoppage-time following an angry exchange and furious manager Simon Grayson promised disciplinary action for both players after his side's 2-1 loss.

Preston have confirmed they will not be appealing either red card after holding their own internal investigation, while the duo have issued a joint apology.

The Championship club said in a statement:

After Saturday's incident at Sheffield Wednesday, Preston North End have held an internal inquiry and can confirm that they will not be appealing the red cards issued to Jermaine Beckford and Eoin Doyle.

On top of the punishment they will receive from the FA for their sendings off, they have also been fined by the club for their actions.

These fines will be used to repay all Preston North End supporters who attended the trip to Hillsborough the cost of their ticket money back.

– Preston North End statement

Man City striker Aguero banned for four games

Aguero was sent off for fouling Luiz. Credit: PA

Sergio Aguero has been banned for four matches, as expected, by the Football Association following his weekend dismissal which prompted a fractious finale to Manchester City's loss to Chelsea.

City striker Aguero was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Chelsea defender David Luiz, which led to a bench-clearing melee at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Fernandinho was also sent off for shoving Cesc Fabregas during the incident, with City's Brazilian midfielder banned for three matches, as indicated on the disciplinary pages of the FA website.

Premier League leaders Chelsea won the game 3-1 for an eighth successive victory, but both clubs can anticipate FA disciplinary action for a failure to control their players.

Fabregas' role in Fernandinho's dismissal could also be scrutinised after it appeared he struck the City man in the face, prompting the Brazil international's furious reaction.


Wright rules Arsenal out of Premier League title race

Saturday's mauling of West Ham wasn't enough to convince Ian Wright that Arsenal are capable of winning the Premier League title this season.

Wright doesn't believe Arsenal have what it takes to win the title. Credit: PA

Wright watched his former team dismantle their London rivals in stunning fashion at the London Stadium, thanks in no small part to the clinical finishing of Alexis Sanchez.

Arsenal's leading goal-scorer bagged a hat-trick and laid on another goal for Mesut Ozil in one of his most complete performances since joining the club in July 2014.

However, speaking to BT Sport over the weekend, Wright believes that Chelsea's incredible run of form will make them incredibly difficult to catch.

Asked whether Arsenal have what it takes to win their first league title in 13 years, he said:

No. I don’t think so especially after how Chelsea played. They seem to have the momentum at the moment.

I haven’t seen anything from Arsenal’s last three or four games to make me think they’re there yet.

– Ian Wright speaking to BT Sport

Sven-Goran Eriksson appointed by Shenzhen FC

Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has replaced Clarence Seedorf as manager of Chinese second division side Shenzhen FC.

Eriksson has decided to stay in China with Shenzhen FC. Credit: PA

Eriksson was sacked by Shanghai SIPG last month despite finishing third in the Chinese Super League and qualifying for the Asian Champions League.

The 68-year-old, who has also managed Guangzhou R&F, has decided to stay in China with Shenzhen, a club which finished ninth in the second tier last season.

"Mr Eriksson is a world-known experienced manager," Shenzhen said in a statement, as reported by the Shanghai Daily.

"He has been coaching in China since June, 2013, and is familiar with Chinese football.

"We hope his arrival will help Shenzhen attract the world's attention and build the club into a city name card."

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