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Chelsea, West Brom Charged with Misconduct After Premier League Match

Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa (C) clashes with West Bromwich Albion's US-born Welsh goalkeeper Boaz Myhill after the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge in London on January 13, 2016. The game finished 2-2. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON

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Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2016

Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion have been charged with misconduct by the Football Association for their players' behaviour during Wednesday's 2-2 draw in the Premier League.

Sky Sports confirmed the news.

The match was marred with several incidents featuring players from both sides, as well as a number of bookings. 

Unsurprisingly, Blues forward Diego Costa found himself in the thick of the action, clashing with Jonas Olsson and Claudio Yacob and picking up a yellow card for a rash challenge on Craig Gardner.

He also punched a hole in a wall after the final whistle, after James McClean found a late equaliser to deny the Blues the win. Per the MailOnline's Daniel Sandford, interim manager Guus Hiddink came to the Spaniard's defence after the match:

How close to the line was he? I think there was little space left. But no, they were challenging each other. The defenders, and that's their right, were provoking him a little bit, but in a mutual way. Those clashes are normal. I didn't see any bad things. 

A hole in the tunnel wall? We can repair that easily, it's not a problem. He's an emotional guy and I like that very much. If you have to push players it's difficult to survive in the Premier League, but if you have to control them it's much better.

The MailOnline's Charlie Skillen didn't mind his aggression at all:

The West Brom players did little to defuse the situation and clashed with Costa and the official on several occasions, which is likely why the Baggies have been charged as well. Yacob, in particular, made a bad impression with a trip on Costa away from the ball, which could have resulted in his second yellow card.

Add to that the scenes at the end of the match, when Costa's frustrations took over and he lashed out at the wall, and it's easy to see why the FA has now charged both clubs.

The Blues were fined for misconduct earlier this season following their 2-1 loss against West Ham United in October. Per the FA's official website, both clubs admitted to the charge, and it's likely the same will happen this time around.

 

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