Friday 28 July 2017

United charged with failing to control players in FA Cup defeat at Chelsea

Several Manchester United players surrounded referee Michael Oliver, centre, after the sending-off of Ander Herrera
Several Manchester United players surrounded referee Michael Oliver, centre, after the sending-off of Ander Herrera

Manchester United have been charged with failing to control their players during Monday's FA Cup quarter-final at Chelsea, but Marcos Rojo has avoided sanction for his apparent stamp on Eden Hazard.

Monday's tense Stamford Bridge encounter ended with Antonio Conte's Blues triumphing 1-0, with Jose Mourinho's latest Stamford Bridge return being thrown off kilter by Ander Herrera's first-half dismissal.

The Spain midfielder's second booking was followed by United players haranguing referee Michael Oliver - actions that have led to a Football Association charge.

"Manchester United have been charged for failing to control their players," a statement from the governing body read.

"It follows an incident in the 35th minute of the Emirates FA Cup quarter final tie against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge yesterday.

"The club have until 6pm on Friday, 17 March 2017 to respond to the charge."

While United have been charged for their players' collective behaviour, they have avoided another individual serving a domestic ban.

Rojo had been sweating on potential retrospective FA action after appearing to stamp on Hazard's chest during a second-half flare-up at Stamford Bridge.

However, the referee's report confirmed Michael Oliver and his officials saw the incident, meaning the case cannot go to a review panel and the Argentina international will avoid a potential three-match ban for violent conduct.

United are already without Herrera and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the Premier League matches against Middlesbrough and West Brom.

Monday was the second time Herrera has been sent off for two bookable offences this season, with the Spain midfielder now serving a two-match domestic ban.

Sunday's trip to the Riverside Stadium sees top scorer Ibrahimovic complete the second of a three-match domestic ban, having last week been hit with a retrospective suspension.

The 35-year-old caught Tyrone Mings with an elbow shortly after the Cherries defender landed on the back of his head, with the apparent stamp leading the FA to dish out a five-match ban.

Herrera and Ibrahimovic are both likely to start in Thursday's Europa League last-16 clash with Rostov, with the score at 1-1 following the first leg in Russia.

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