Everton also charged for Craven Cottage fracas
11 January, 2002
It looked yesterday as though Everton had escaped the wrath of the Football Association when Fulham were charged by the Premiership's governing body for failure to control their players in last month's brawl at Craven Cottage.
However, Everton have today been levelled the same charge by the FA and face a fine of up to £250,000 if they are found guilty of contravening regulation E21a, a new rule introduced only last summer.
The controversial incident exploded during the Blues' 2-0 defeat when Luis Boa Morte and David Weir clashed and almost all 22 players ended up in a brawl which resulted in red cards for Weir and Boa Morte and a violent conduct charge for Barry Hayles. Everton's appeal for Weir's dismissal to be overturned was rejected by the FA.
Both clubs have 14 days in which to lodge a formal appeal and Everton Chief Executive has stated that the club will be seeking a private hearing in which to state their case.
by Lyndon Lloyd
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