Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

Arsenal, Chelsea face censure over Cup brawl

Arsenal and Chelsea face disciplinary action from the English Football Association after the mass brawl that marred their League Cup final clash on Sunday.

Arsenal duo Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor and Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel were all sent off by referee Howard Webb in stoppage time of Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

Toure provoked the fight when he pushed Mikel after having his shirt pulled by the midfielder. Adebayor was involved in the shoving match that followed Toure and Mikel’s clash, but it appeared Emmanuel Eboue was more guilty after striking Wayne Bridge.

Togo striker Adebayor, who had to be led off by Arsenal physio Gary Lewin, insisted he did not deserve to be sent off, but he is likely to face punishment for initially refusing to leave the field.

Adebayor, Toure and Mikel are all likely to be handed three-match suspensions, while Eboue could also be banned.

Both London clubs could also be charged by the FA with failing to control their players and could face heavy fines.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and his Chelsea counterpart both came on to the pitch to try to restrain their players in an extraordinary finale to a dramatic match.

Wenger said: ”I am worried we will be punished. When the FA are involved it is always better to worry.”

Mourinho admitted the FA are certain to act and he added: ”If the players did something wrong they have to be punished and be suspended for one or two matches and we managers have to educate them, but it was not a violent game.”

Didier Drogba’s late winner won the Cup for Chelsea after he had earlier cancelled out Theo Walcott’s first-ever goal for Arsenal. — AFP

 

AFP

Subscribe for R500/year

Thanks for enjoying the Mail & Guardian, we’re proud of our 36 year history, throughout which we have delivered to readers the most important, unbiased stories in South Africa. Good journalism costs, though, and right from our very first edition we’ve relied on reader subscriptions to protect our independence.

Digital subscribers get access to all of our award-winning journalism, including premium features, as well as exclusive events, newsletters, webinars and the cryptic crossword. Click here to find out how to join them and get a 57% discount in your first year.

Steve Griffiths
Guest Author

Related stories

WELCOME TO YOUR M&G

If you’re reading this, you clearly have great taste

If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to the Mail & Guardian for less than the cost of a cup of coffee a week, and get more great reads.

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Advertising

Subscribers only

South Africa’s mothballed ‘supermall-ification’ sets strip malls up for success

Analysts agree that the country has enough malls and that, post-Covid, the convenience of local centres lure customers

Mabuza’s Russian jaunts and the slippery consequences of medical tourism

For more than five years the deputy president has remained steadfast in his right to travel abroad to receive medical treatment

More top stories

Deputy president Mabuza begs Tshwane voters: ‘Don’t abandon the ANC’

Angry Atteridgeville residents hurl insults at ‘dysfunctional’ ANC full of ‘corrupt individuals’ as Mabuza fails to placate them with party T-shirts and doeks

Taxi operators clash with cops over disputed Route B97 in...

Three suspects remain in custody following their arrest on charges of attempted murder and assault after eight taxis were impounded

SA teens, you’re next in the queue for a vaccine...

Teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17 will be able to register to receive their Covid-19 jab from 20 October. This group will be given only one dose of the Pfizer vaccine, for now

Former US secretary of state Colin Powell dies aged 84

The 84-year-old died as a result of complications from Covid-19
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×