Chelsea charged by FA in player incident against Liverpool

Chelsea charged by FA in player incident against Liverpool

Chelsea has officially been charged by the FA in the wake of the incident that took place in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool last weekend.

Blues right-back Reece James was shown a straight red card and given his marching orders after his clearance off the line was deemed to be an intentional handball committed by the England international.

The subsequent spot-kick was converted by Mohamed Salah, and when Jordan Henderson ran over to collect the ball, there was a coming together with Chelsea keeper Édouard Mendy who was pictured on video attempting to frustratingly clear the ball after being beaten. Instead, Mendy kicked Henderson and an eventual coming together between the two players erupted into a scrum involving multiple from each side, including César Azpilicueta, the aforementioned Mendy & Henderson, Romelu Lukaku, Andy Robertson, Diogo Jota, and Jorginho.

Per the charges brought against Chelsea, the Blues have until 3 September to levy a response.

Chelsea charged but Liverpool escape punishment

The fan reaction in the Chelsea camp is one of frustration and anger, which probably should have been expected.

Chelsea charged by the FA in player scrum during Liverpool fixture

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 28: Reece James of Chelsea is shown a Red Card by Match Referee Anthony Taylor during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on August 28, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

While the debate will continue to swirl whether or not the offense committed by Reece James was worth a straight red card, there is already an online petition doing the rounds on Twitter that targets match referee Anthony Taylor, citing that Liverpool committed thirteen fouls throughout proceedings and failed to have a single yellow card produced in their direction.

Whether or not Taylor deserves direct criticism for his overall performance remains to be seen, but it is curious that Liverpool was also not charged for their actions in the aftermath of Mohamed Salah’s penalty considering it was Reds captain Jordan Henderson that initiated the coming-together with Édouard Mendy after the initial incident.