Arsenal and Chelsea have both been fined for failing to control their players following disciplinary hearings, as reported by the Daily Mail. The two clubs were charged by the Football Association after the highly controversial match at Stamford Bridge, in a game which saw Arsenal reduced to nine men by the end – Santi Cazorla and Gabriel Paulista both being sent off – and our London rivals consequently getting a 2-0 victory.
In the aftermath of the defeat, Gabriel had his red card rescinded and his three match ban overturned, while Diego Costa was handed a three match ban for his conduct (via the Daily Mail). The clubs have since been charged with failure to control their players however, and Gabriel was charged with indiscipline; Cazorla got off with a warning.
As the report reveals, Gabriel’s disciplinary hearing saw him handed a one-match ban and a fine of £10,000, which he did not contest. The Mail also reported on the outcome of the clubs’ hearings, which has seen them fined as well – Arsenal will have to pay £30,000, while Chelsea pay £40,000.
Chelsea have undoubtedly come off worse, as they should, for Costa’s part in instigating this entire episode. Hopefully, Gabriel has learnt from this experience and will keep his temper in check going forward. Also, while it is nice to have justice served, hopefully the players and on-field referees make better decisions in future games so that this kind of retrospective action does not become the norm, and fewer games have their results affected.