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Chelsea charged over United clash

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  • Chelsea face disciplinary action after being charged by the English FA
  • London club charged with failing to control players at Manchester United
  • Chelsea players surrounded referee after midfielder Jon Obi Mikel was sent off
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LONDON, England -- Chelsea are facing disciplinary action after being charged by the English Football Association following the ill-tempered Premier League defeat away to bitter rivals Manchester United.

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Chelsea's Jon Obi Mikel sends Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra flying at Old Trafford.

The London club have been charged with failing to control their players following Sunday's match at Old Trafford.

Referee Mike Dean reported the club after at least four players surrounded him when he sent off Chelsea midfielder Mikel John Obi in the first half.

Chelsea skipper John Terry tried to grab Dean's red card, but the England defender has not been charged by the FA.

However, the club's assistant coach Steve Clarke has been charged after an incident involving match officials in the tunnel following Chelsea's 2-0 defeat.

The FA said in a statement on Thursday: "Charges have today been issued against Chelsea FC and the club's assistant coach Steve Clarke.

"Chelsea have been charged with failing to control their players during their match against Manchester United on September 23.

"This charge relates to the conduct of Chelsea players towards referee Mike Dean following the sending-off of Mikel John Obi.

"Steve Clarke has been charged with using abusive and/or insulting words towards the match officials after the end of the match at Old Trafford."

Chelsea officials have decided to defend themselves against the charges.

A club statement said: "Chelsea will be strongly defending the two charges issued by the Football Association and will be considering that defence until we have to respond on October 12."

It has been a tumultuous past week for Chelsea, with manager Jose Mourinho agreeing to step down last Thursday after another fall-out with owner Roman Abramovich.

Director of football Avram Grant was named as his replacement, but his first game in charge -- against United -- was a big disappointment.

On Tuesday, the club failed with an appeal against Mikel's sending-off for a two-footed tackle on United full-back Patrice Evra.

The Nigerian missed Wednesday night's 4-0 League Cup victory at Hull as the first game of his three-match suspension. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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