Feb 122015

Everton FC and Chelsea have been charged with failing to control their players after a melee ensued at Stamford Bridge.

But the governing body have decided not to take further action against Branislav Ivanovic, despite the Serbian man-handling James McCarthy and appearing to head-butt the Blues midfielder.

A foul by Gareth Barry late in the game sparked ugly scenes on Wednesday night and as tempers flared the players had to be separated.

Now the FA have decided to punish both clubs but not to sanction Ivanovic.

Referee Jon Moss handed Barry a second yellow for a foul on Willian and also cautioned McCarthy, Cesc Fabregas and Ramires after the coming together.

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An FA statement said: “Both Chelsea and Everton have been charged by The FA for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour.

“It follows an incident in the 86th minute of Wednesday night’s game at Stamford Bridge.

“Both clubs have until 6pm on 17 February 2015 to respond to the charge.

“Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic will not face any further action in relation to an incident involving Everton’s James McCarthy in the 86th minute.

Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic clashes with Everton manager Roberto Martinez Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic clashes with Everton manager Roberto Martinez

“In Premier League matches, if an incident has not been seen by the match officials, a three-man panel of former elite referees will be asked by The FA to review it and advise what, if any, action they believe the match referee should have taken had it been witnessed at the time.

“For an FA charge to follow, all three panel members must agree it is a sending-off offence.

“In this instance, the panel did not believe the conduct was worthy of a dismissal.”

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