Chelsea admit FA charge

Last updated : 12 December 2007 By Paul Lagan

Chelsea have admitted to a Football Association charge of failing to control their players during the 2-0 win at Derby County.

The charge relates to the behaviour of The Blues players towards referee Andre Marriner following the sending off of Michael Essien.

The Ghanaian midfielder was dismissed after lashing out at Kenny Miller in stoppage time, and was handed a three-game ban for his actions.

A number of players, including England captain John Terry, confronted Marriner in the wake of Essien's sending off.

An FA statement read: "Chelsea FC have admitted a charge relating to the behaviour of their players towards referee Andre Marriner during a match against Derby County last month.

"The club was charged with failing to ensure that its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion following the sending-off of Michael Essien for violent conduct during the match on Saturday 24th November.

"Chelsea have requested a personal hearing which will be scheduled in due course."

Thanks to SkySports