Mark Clattenburg’s post-match report will certainly make for an interesting read, following a hugely controversial evening at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea’s resurgence from 2-0 down to come back and earn a precious point indirectly handed the Premier League title over to Leicester City, leaving rivals Tottenham visibly distraught.
The FA are today waiting to see which incidents the referee highlights, with a number of violent clashes erupting both on and off the field.
Reports have emerged from inside Stamford Bridge claiming Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas triggered yet another tunnel bust-up at the end the 2-2 draw. Both sides face heavy punishment from the Football Association for what disintegrated into a disgraceful display of petulance and violence.
Emulating the scenes witnessed on the field, both sides appear to be pointing the finger at one another. Sources close to the club appear set on incriminating the Chelsea midfielder for his involvement, yet one counter-claim suggests it was Tottenham forward Erik Lamela, who provoked the confrontation.
Players from both London clubs clashed on numerous occasions throughout the match and Tottenham are almost certain to face an hefty charge from the FA for breaching Rule E20 (a) – failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.
Spurs face an automatic £25,000 fine for having nine players booked – a record for a Premier League match – while three players could face significant individual sanctions depending on what Clattenburg’s report outlines.
Former Arsenal captain, Cesc Fabregas may yet face further justice from the FA. The Spaniard is likely to be charged by the authorities after being accused of instigating further ugly scenes as the players left the pitch after the final whistle.
The Chelsea midfielder can be seen on video provoking members of Tottenham’s backroom staff in a combination of antagonistic Spanish and English, goading the angry reaction which caused Blues interim boss Guus Hiddink to be pushed to the ground.
Eyewitnesses from the pitch-side have since claimed Fabregas jabbed at least one member of Tottenham’s backroom staff, sparking a outraged response in the Stamford Bridge tunnel.
Detracting from what was a thrilling encounter under the spotlights, Hiddink is understood to have held back a member of his own background staff – preventing his colleague from aiming a punch at a Spurs official as the fracas escalated off the pitch.
Erik Lamela was said to be overwhelmingly aggressive, spouting loud swearing and shouting which could be heard until the players retreated to the dressing rooms.