By Mark Smith

13th Dec, 2021 | 11:45am

Keith Hackett: Leeds and Chelsea set to be charged by FA following post-match incident

We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League referee Keith Hackett to the MOT Leeds News team. Each week, Hackett will discuss the big moments from the latest Leeds United games and deliver his verdict on whether his successors got their calls right or wrong…

Keith Hackett has insisted that the FA are set to investigate the post-match scuffle between Leeds United and Chelsea this weekend.

Speaking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, the ex-Premier League referee also believes that both clubs will be charged for failing to control their players.

That means that both clubs will also likely be hit by a fine after the likes of Junior Firpo clashed with Antonio Rudiger.

“Well, I think ultimately in that situation that the referee is advised to give their sanctions,” he told MOT Leeds News. “He’s left it all alone in order for the authorities to look at it.

“The FA disciplinary department will review that, it’s likely that both clubs will be charged for failing to control their players. I’m sure that they can expect a fine.

“The referee gets close to the incident blasting his whistle and shouting at the same time – he’s making certain that his presence, the players are aware.

Both of the assistants move to the incident, and when it is finished, the referee then determines if there are any red cards – he then asks his assistant referees.

“I didn’t see any yellow cards, so under the process of a mass confrontation, at least two players should have received yellow cards, you can’t sweep it under the carpet.

“He probably thought because it was the end of the game, he’ll leave it to the authorities to deal with it – they’ll ask both clubs for their observations, and they will charge them for failing to deal with their players, and the outcome will be a fine.”

This one was at boiling point as the match went into injury time at Stamford Bridge, especially after that last-gasp penalty decision.

Firpo and the likes of Diego Llorente were full of passion, simply sticking up for each other as we all like to see before Rudiger charged the length of the field to get involved and start the altercation.

Footage clearly shows Firpo walking away from the situation and being the bigger man, not that the FA will view it that way.

This is expected and the sooner it is dealt with, the better.

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