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Spurs midfielder Dembele receives six-game ban

Mousa Dembele won't play for while. Credit: PA

Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele has been handed a six-game ban by the Football Association following his clash with Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

Mousa Dembele will serve a six-match suspension with immediate effect after he committed an act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder accepted the charge but denied The FA’s claim that the standard punishment of three matches which would otherwise apply to this offence was clearly insufficient.

An Independent Regulatory Commission upheld The FA’s claim at a hearing today [Friday 6 May 2016] and ordered that an additional three-match suspension was appropriate.

The player was involved in an incident with Chelsea’s Diego Costa in or around the 45th minute of the fixture at Stamford Bridge on Monday [2 May 2016].

– FA Statement

Spurs midfielder Dembele accepts FA charge

Mousa Dembele faces a ban. Credit: PA

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele has accepted the Football Association's charge of violent conduct, head coach Mauricio Pochettino has announced.

Dembele appeared to claw his fingers down Diego Costa's cheek during Spurs' 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Monday night.

The Belgian had until 6pm on Thursday to respond but he has not contested the charge and could now face a lengthy suspension.

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Chelsea and Spurs charged by the FA

Both clubs have been charged by the FA. Credit: PA

Tottenham and Chelsea have both been charged with failing to control their players and/or officials following clashes at Monday night's Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, while Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct.

The feisty encounter produced 12 yellow cards as well as two mass brawls, in which both players and coaches were involved, as Chelsea fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2, a result which handed the title to Leicester.

Dembele appeared to claw his fingers down Diego Costa's face during a skirmish at the end of the first half.

The Football Association confirmed a disciplinary case had now been opened, which in Dembele's case could lead to an extended ban if proven.

A statement read:

Both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have been charged for three breaches of FA Rule E20 for failing to control their players and/or officials. It follows incidents which occurred in the 45th and 87th minutes and also at the end of the game at Stamford Bridge on Monday night [2 May 2016].

Both clubs have until 6pm on Monday 9 May 2016 to respond to their charge. Meanwhile, Mousa Dembele has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video during the same game.

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was involved in an incident with Chelsea's Diego Costa near the end of the first half. Further, it is alleged the player's behaviour constituted violent conduct in circumstances where the standard punishment of three matches that would otherwise apply is clearly insufficient. The player has until 6pm on Thursday 5 May 2016 to respond to the charge.

– Football Association statement

Danny Rose apologises for Stamford Bridge scenes

Referee Mark Clattenburg showed 12 yellow cards at Stamford Bridge. Credit: PA

Danny Rose apologised for setting a bad example after frustrations boiled over during Tottenham's bad-tempered 2-2 draw with Chelsea.

There was certainly no love lost between the two sides at Stamford Bridge as a feisty encounter produced 12 yellow cards as well as two mass brawls, in which both players and coaches were involved.

Tottenham and Chelsea may yet face retrospective action from the Football Association, with Mousa Dembele likely to be punished after he appeared to claw his fingers down Diego Costa's face.

There were several other unsavoury incidents during the game, with matters coming to a head at full-time when a melee in the tunnel resulted in Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink being pushed to the ground.

Rose, who sparked the first brawl after clashing with Willian, said he was sorry if the game set a bad example.

"It is not nice to see for kids here or kids watching on TV. I apologise if it looked bad on TV," Rose said.

"It is a London derby. It is to be expected. We wanted to win and they wanted to stop us having any more say in the title race.

"There are no bad words to say about Chelsea. These are the games you want to be part of. It was a great game."

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Spurs boss Pochettino praises champions Leicester

Mauricio Pochettino was graceful in defeat. Credit: PA

Mauricio Pochettino was quick to congratulate Leicester City on winning the lead after seeing his Spurs side blow their title chances.

Spurs drew 2-2 at Leicester to hand the trophy to Leicester but Pochettino wasn't bitter after the game.

I want to congratulate Leicester and Claudio Ranieri. I'm very disappointed but this isn't the moment to analyse the game.

– Mauricio Pochettino

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Spurs boss warns Leicester City: Excitement can be dangerous for title chances

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino. Credit: PA

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has warned Leicester it would be dangerous to assume they have won the title already.

The Foxes need only three points from their three matches left to be crowned Premier League champions and they can complete the fairytale on Sunday with a win at Manchester United.

Even if Leicester drop points at Old Trafford this weekend, the expectation is they will finish the job, with champions scarves on sale in the city and plans in place for a trophy presentation the following week.

Spurs will be watching anxiously ahead of their game at Chelsea on Monday, and Pochettino insists there could yet be a late twist.

"It is difficult to stop the excitement they have now in Leicester. That can be dangerous," the Argentinian said.

"I hope that it is, but we need to win our game and do our job.

"The gap is seven points and there are nine points to play for. It is not easy, it is difficult, but we need to believe.

"The most important thing is not only that Leicester drop points but we need to win our game."

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