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Everton hit with fine for Chelsea flare-up

02/03/2015  Comments (33)  jump
Both Everton and Chelsea have been fined 30,000 by the Football Association for "failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion" in the incident that took place late in the game at Stamford Bridge last month.

Players from both sides shared a heated exchange following Gareth Barry's trip on Willian that earned the Blues' midfielder a second yellow card and sparked anger from Everton players at what they perceived to be Chelsea players influencing the referee.

Branislav Ivanovic was pictured putting James McCarthy in a choke-hold in full view of referee Jonathan Moss during the fracas but the defender escaped censure at the time and was not fined by the FA retrospectively either.

A statement by English football's governing body read: "Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, both Chelsea and Everton have been fined 30,000 for player misconduct.

"Following an incident in the 86th minute of their fixture on 11 February 2015, both clubs were charged with failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour."  

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Phil Rodgers
1 Posted 02/03/2015 at 18:04:52
Paul Dark
2 Posted 02/03/2015 at 18:12:50
It is utterly ridiculous.

i note in Mourinho's recent spoilt-brat rants agains the PL, he conveniently overlooks what Chelsea got away with here. At least, Martinez isn't like that - albeit with the price of his happy-clappy ideology

Winning at any costs, including with cheating, is lingua franca in the PL (and Britain) these days, the chief perpetrators being Man Utd and Chelsea. We are the only club in the PL who don't consistently play that particular game, I think.

History will remember Mourinho and his cheating deeds, but it will be a lie, like all history. Ditto the appalling, cheating Ferguson at Man Utd whose achievements are nil in my view.

This is the kind of everyday episode in the PL that takes me further and further way from supporting a football team. It's all become a set-piece theatre, with a pre-set outcome.

If you like your sport to be theatre, join Messrs Mourinho and Ferguson in the new world order (unfair but with a necessarily predictable outcome), one created to massage their insatiable, ugly egos. If you like sport to be sport (fair but unpredictable), turn away and look elsewhere.

Pete Edwards
3 Posted 02/03/2015 at 18:35:33
There’s definitely a conspiracy againt chelsea I mean fining them for this....... totally unacceptable! We should offer to pay their half for them
Clive Mitchell
4 Posted 02/03/2015 at 19:02:28
Kase Chow
5 Posted 02/03/2015 at 19:41:21
If we don't contest this then we're spineless.
Phil Sammon
6 Posted 02/03/2015 at 19:42:53
There's no point in contesting it. They have seen all the evidence we could possibly hand over and still landed on the side of absurdity.

The main head scratcher is, of course, how Ivanovic gets away with it while both teams are fined.

Kase Chow
7 Posted 02/03/2015 at 20:49:33
Phil, there is a point to contesting it: to further highlight the absurdity, to show we are not a small club that will roll over. We should even threaten legal action on account of how grisly unfair it is

That would get media attention and the FA and EPL would think twice about crossing Everton

Remember when Moyes threatened Jose with legal action for calling A Johnson a diver? Jose retracted his words and issued an apology

Are we small little plucky Everton grateful to eat at the top table or are we going to start fighting for even portions and try to actually achieve something? This is important to set a marker down

Danny Broderick
8 Posted 02/03/2015 at 21:10:15
Fined for not letting our player get assaulted more like. Total bollocks.
Dermot O'Brien
9 Posted 02/03/2015 at 21:17:22
Please excuse my unparliamentary language but fuck Chelsea and mourinho. And fuck the FA. Cunts the lot of them.
Christine Foster
10 Posted 02/03/2015 at 21:07:32
As a point of principle we should draw a line and refuse to accept this. Can ANYONE show who or where we failed to control our players? Forgive me for saying this but our dead pan, passionless team must be on tranquilisers before each game because they showed no aggression during the incident, no leadership from the captain and even when held in a headlock no resistance from the player concerned.
Let me ask you, would Peter Reid have done nothing? We have no balls in this team, no passion, no fight, no aggression, no desire. We are a team going through the motions because no one has the balls to say to RM that this is crap, it's not working and we need to fight for every dammed point, for every tackle, for every decision and intimidate referees and the opposition. Enough of this bullshit, possession without penetration is pointless, literally. That's the message for RM.
The Premier League is a ruthless corporation that takes no prisoners. To succeed in it you need a ruthless board, a ruthless manager and a ruthless team at its core. There is no place for experimenting philosophies as a manager or player you have to be fast thinking and adapt, or die.
Chelsea, their manager and their team are ruthless in approach, but they get respect and influence. At the moment we are too easy, too nice. No balls.
Kase Chow
11 Posted 02/03/2015 at 21:34:21
Well said Christine

Are we going to show any fight, any aggression anywhere?

Joseph Terrence
12 Posted 02/03/2015 at 22:22:58
There goes the summer transfer kitty.
Darryl Ritchie
13 Posted 02/03/2015 at 22:33:48
It just doesn't matter. The club is going to pay it out of petty cash. I would like to see the club show a little backbone, but let's not make too big of an issue over an incident that happened nearly a month ago. It's history!

All of our righteous indignation isn't going to amount to a hill beans. Nothing we do or say is going to change anything. Time to move on.

Spencer Ramsay
14 Posted 02/03/2015 at 22:57:38
The only spineless entity here is the FA. Absurd & totally hypocritical to fine us for not controlling our players etc & then take no action against Ivanovic for the incident with McCarthy!? They were clearly concerned not to upset that cheating prick Mourinho and his ridiculous mind games about how everyone is against Chelsea. The FA are so completely out of touch it's almost obscene!
John Gee
15 Posted 02/03/2015 at 21:48:20
The FA and the EPL have lost all credibility. The game is corrupt, it's as plain as the nose on your face. From referees "managing a game" to Sky highlighting every single little decision that goes against their favoured clubs. It's following wrestling.

I'm sick of this fucking so-called sport. The money has killed the game. Honour is dead. Liars and cheaters are venerated and honest players are lambasted for not being "cute" enough.

We shouldn't be more like Mourinho, he and they should be more like us. And those money orientated FA cunts are supposed to be the last vanguard of sportsmanship – instead, they're at the front of the queue of vampires. It's a working class sport that's been hijacked for commercial purposes and the sooner they fuck off, the better.

Paul Smith
16 Posted 02/03/2015 at 23:41:30
Football really is a vile indulgence at times.
Alan McGuffog
17 Posted 03/03/2015 at 00:00:48
The game is corrupt and played by cheats. Consider the expression...... "He WON a penalty"..... Discuss.
Sam Rangle
18 Posted 03/03/2015 at 02:08:04
We all have this "woe is us" mentality. I'm sick and tired of it and I'm sick and tired of Everton. We can stand down (like always) and be happy with being an "also-ran" of a club or a "sleeping giant."

Christine is right, of course. The powers that be at our club have ruined us. They don't care. They make tons of money. The manager doesn't care, he barely cares about anything other than hyperbole.

Who's going to stand up?? No one, that's who. Again and again... Unbelievable.

Keith Harrison
19 Posted 03/03/2015 at 13:12:29
Perhaps we should wrangle then Sam! And I agree with Christine - possession without penetration is pointless. Try telling the wife that though!
Timothy Blanshard
20 Posted 03/03/2015 at 13:55:35
The club should fight this, they also should turn up with a few frames of film from the WWE match within a game that went on when Ivanovich tries to open a can of whoopass on Macca.
I fucking hate Chelsea.
Dave Abrahams
21 Posted 03/03/2015 at 15:01:27
Christine (10) and John (15) both excellent posts; we should fight this decision because it is so obviously wrong and we should stand up and not pay the fine without a legal fight.

John, you describe the way football is today and it is in a very grim and snidey state – one that makes a lot of supporters question why we carry on watching the game. We need someone in authority to stand up and say this just can't go on without destroying the whole fairness and integrity of football itself.

But money talks and, of course, it will carry on like this... only it will get worse.

Patrick Murphy
22 Posted 03/03/2015 at 15:13:16
The system is a complete shambles as witnessed with the four game ban meted out to Palace's Jedinak getting a four game ban for violent conduct - I haven't seen the incident but I believe it was merited.

However, the fact that the Referee claims not to have seen it means the player can be retrospectively punished but if the Referee had seen it and took no action at the time, nothing can be done.

I'm also in agreement with Alan Pardew's comment that the Sky pundits are heavily influencing what happens at the FA regarding incidents of this nature and that surely cannot be right as the pundits have favourite teams of their own and can hardly be described as impartial by any stretch of the imagination.

If violent conduct is seen in retrospect it doesn't matter whether the official dealt with it or not it should be punished accordingly. After all, didn't Sunderland escape a player being banned due to retrospective action, because the official made a mistake on the day of the game?

John Keating
23 Posted 03/03/2015 at 15:26:24
Just refuse to pay.
What are they going to do? Kick us out the FA?
John Scott
24 Posted 03/03/2015 at 15:45:22
I heard Jonathan Pierce say in commentary of a Chelsea game recently (Burnley) that you have to use the dark arts in order to win (or something like that). I was raging when I heard that.
Alan Bodell
25 Posted 03/03/2015 at 16:44:44
I think the FA (apt acronysm) scan each match for any slight misdemenour, boot laces undone they will ponder a fine and god forbid a crisp packet blowing across the pitch and it's any chance of them lining their jobsworth' pockets.
Hate to say it but they make Septic Blatter look like he earns an honest wage.
Christine above, top posting that.
Mark Evans
27 Posted 03/03/2015 at 19:32:14
We ought to formally contest this. Chelski have got away with it again and if the boot had been on the other foot we'd have been to 10 men. We can still keep our dignity when appealing because we are Everton and a class above the other shower despite all their money and trophies.
Alastair Donaldson
28 Posted 03/03/2015 at 22:23:06
It's difficult to know who to be most angry at (O:

Ivanovic, "the Ref", our spineless players/manager/club hierarchy, BT, SKY ..list in endless.

Sadly I can't see any scope for change, when the thing's rotten from top near enough to bottom.

Last bit of good sportsmanship witnessed at a top level game? Was it Di Canio..... and no I don't mean him shoving Alcock over (classic though that was)... him catching the ball to stop play at Goodison.

Gotta face it all again tomorrow... please someone tell me its not on BT (think we might have a 100% no-win record with that shower).

Patrick Murphy
29 Posted 03/03/2015 at 22:31:43
Alastair - BT are covering the Man Utd v Newcastle Utd game, you'll be glad to know. But the game at the Emirates last Sunday was our sixth successive live game on TV a record for the Blues apparently. As for our record with BT or its predecessor ESPN it must be a very very low win percentage for Everton when they cover our games.
Patrick Murphy
30 Posted 03/03/2015 at 23:18:24
Alastair as far as I know, BT have shown Everton live eleven times we have won once. drawn three and lost seven the only win coming at Stevenage last January.
Tony Cheek
31 Posted 04/03/2015 at 06:45:02
My thoughts exactly, Paul Dark #2, that's why I am taking a back seat and picking the odd game to watch now. I just cant be arsed anymore... and Christine, that was the best post I've seen in a long time, ......Nail, head!
Patrick Murphy
32 Posted 04/03/2015 at 10:38:59
Alastair the excellent and amazingly detailed has a breakdown and summary of every game that has been covered live by broadcasters since the first game way back in 1948. Here is the link:

Live Summary

Chris Williamson
33 Posted 04/03/2015 at 23:08:00
John Gee. We'll said, pal. My thought exactly.

I'd fallen out if love in football a couple of years ago, but last season lured me back, just to have the bubble burst again as I see the gulf between he monied clubs and the almost monied.

There's no point playing the games . May as well decide the title in August by comparing bank balances. Those with most cash can buy the fancy players, wreck other teams and pay off on officials at any level.

Christine Foster
34 Posted 14/03/2015 at 00:53:31
The recent defeat by PSG in the CL exposed Chelsea for what they are, gross intimidators of the highest class. They falsify, exaggerate and cheat. Strange that it goes unnoticed at a EPL game but gets plastered over worldwide media in another. They should be made an example of for bringing the game into disrepute, the fine against Everton should be dropped and doubled against Chelsea.
There is a line that needs to be drawn by referees, by the FA - you can only go so far. the referee should have booked every single one of them as an example..

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