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Published: 15:44 | 4/5/16

Chelsea and Tottenham charged

Mouse Dembele also facing punishment

Chelsea and Tottenham have been charged with three offences for failing to control their players during Monday's 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Although both teams finished with 11 players, nine Tottenham players were booked with three players from Chelsea picking up yellow cards in the bad-tempered encounter.

The charges relate to incidents which occurred in the 45th and 87th minutes and also at the end of the game when players from both sides were involved in mass melees. Indeed, the brawl at the end of the match resulted in Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink being pushed to the ground.

Meanwhile, Tottenham's Mousa Dembele is facing a lengthy suspension after he was charged for an alleged act of violent conduct.

Dembele appeared to poke Diego Costa in the eye in the fracas at the end of the first half, but he avoided sanction as the incident was missed by the match officials.

A standard violent conduct charge carries an automatic three-match ban, but the FA has stated that his actions warrant a longer ban, with reports suggesting he could be suspended for ten matches.

He has until 6pm on Thursday to appeal the charge.

"Both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have been charged for three breaches of FA Rule E20 for failing to control their players and/or officials," a statement from the FA read.

"It follows incidents which occurred in the 45th and 87th minutes and also at the end of the game at Stamford Bridge on Monday night [2 May 2016].

"Both clubs have until 6pm on Monday 9 May 2016 to respond to their charge.

"Meanwhile, Mousa Dembélé has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video during the same game.

"The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was involved in an incident with Chelsea’s Diego Costa near the end of the first half.

"Further, it is alleged the player’s behaviour constituted violent conduct in circumstances where the standard punishment of three matches that would otherwise apply is clearly insufficient.

"The player has until 6pm on Thursday 5 May 2016 to respond to the charge.

"Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees.

"Each referee panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence.

"For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous."

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