May 16, 2018 / 5:10 PM / 4 days ago

Soccer: Chelsea fined 20,000 pounds over referee confrontation

(Reuters) - Chelsea have been fined 20,000 pounds ($26,952) after their players and coaches confronted the referee during this month’s 1-1 Premier League draw against Huddersfield Town, the English Football Association (FA) said on Wednesday.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Chelsea v Huddersfield Town - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - May 9, 2018 Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, Cesar Azpilicueta, Pedro and team mates remonstrate with referee Lee Mason REUTERS/Hannah McKay

The London club had been angered when referee Lee Mason awarded them a corner but then blew for half-time before it was taken. The official had adjudged the required stoppage time had elapsed.

“Chelsea have been fined £20,000 after accepting a charge of failing to ensure their players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion,” the FA said in a statement.

The draw at Stamford Bridge played a part in Antonio Conte’s Chelsea missing out on Champions League qualification.

They finished fifth in the Premier League standings, five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool.

($1 = 0.7421 pounds)

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by David Goodman

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