Chelsea fined for failing to control players

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LONDON, Oct 25 (Reuters) Chelsea have been fined 30,000 pounds (61,520 dollar) for failing to control their players during September's 2-0 Premier League defeat at Manchester United, the FA said on its Web site (www.thefa.com) today.

The charge, which Chelsea admitted, related to the conduct of several players towards referee Mike Dean following the dismissal of Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel after 32 minutes of the September 23 match for a foul on defender Patrice Evra.

Assistant first team coach Steve Clarke was given a 5,000 pounds fine, which was suspended until the end of the season, after admitting a charge of using foul and abusive language towards the match officials at the end of the game.

Chelsea said on their Web site (www.chelseafc.com) that the FA Panel had taken into account Clarke's exemplary record over 20 years in football when making their judgement, although he was also severely censured and warned about his future conduct.

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