Chelsea has been charged by English soccer’s Football Association with “failure to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion” during a 1-0 Premier League defeat to Queens Park Rangers on Oct. 23.
“This relates to an incident involving Chelsea players surrounded match official Chris Foy, immediately following Jose Bosingwa’s dismissal,” the F.A. said on its website.
The Blues finished the match with nine players after defender Bosingwa and striker Didier Drogba were red-carded in the first half at Loftus Road. The F.A. said today it also wrote to Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas asking him to explain comments he made about referee Foy.
Bosingwa was sent off in the 29th minute after Foy deemed that he denied former Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips a goal-scoring opportunity by hauling him down outside the penalty area. At least six Chelsea players surrounded the referee after he produced the red card. Drogba was dismissed less than 15 minutes later for a two-footed lunge on Adel Taarabt.
The defeat left Chelsea six points behind league leader Manchester City. Villas-Boas criticized Foy after the game and faces a fine or touchline ban if he’s found to have broken rules about commenting on the performance of match officials.
“The F.A. want to speak to me on the things I said, which I will say again,” the coach said at a news conference today. “I will reiterate that the same criteria was not applied for both teams.”
He told reporters two days ago that he approached Foy after the match and “was very aggressive to him.” Villas-Boas said “I don’t care if he’s OK or not.”
Chelsea has until Oct. 28 to reply to both counts of misconduct.