Arsenal and Chelsea both fined by the FA

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According to reports from The Daily Mail, Arsenal have have been fined £60k by The FA after breaching agent regulations during the transfer of Calum Chambers, whilst BBC Sport report Chelsea will receive a £25k fine for picking up five bookings on Saturday. 

Arsenal signed the defender from Southampton in July 2014 and the £15million transfer has been under investigation since February for a breach of agent regulations.

The investigation is now concluded and the north London outfit have been fined £60k whilst agent Alan Middleton picked up a £30k fine and a three-month ban, suspended for 18 months. Both parties have been warned of their future conduct – although Middleton has described the breach as a ‘minor procedural error’.

An official FA statement read: “Arsenal have been fined £60,000 and warned as to their future conduct after breaching The FA’s Football Agent Regulations. The charge was in relation to the transfer of Calum Chambers from Southampton to Arsenal on July 26, 2014. Arsenal admitted part of the breach but denied another, which was found not proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission. The charges against Mr Middleton, which he denied, were found proven.”

Chelsea, meanwhile, are set to be fined £25k for their ill-discipline during a 2-1 defeat to West Ham on Saturday. The fine is automatic for any club who receive five or more bookings in one game, with Cesar Azpilicueta, Willian, Cesc Fabregas, John Obi Mikel and Diego Costa all fouling their way into the referee’s notebook. Likewise, Nemanja Matic saw red for two yellow cards in the first half.

The fine does not correspond to referee Jon Moss’ decision to send Jose Mourinho to the stands at half-time, although the Premier League will ask the Chelsea manager why he chose not to partake in his scheduled post-match interview.

Punishments for not doing so range from warnings to a fine – but the incident will not trigger the suspended stadium ban Mourinho received earlier this month for claiming referees are “afraid” to award Chelsea penalties.

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