Further details emerge of Bridge fracas and likely bans

Date published: Wednesday 4th May 2016 9:06

Chelsea and Tottenham: Rivalry renewed

Guus Hiddink reportedly had to hold back a member of Chelsea staff outside Tottenham’s dressing room on Monday night, while Spurs had to do the same to Michel Vorm.

There were brawls involving several players from both sides both during and then immediately after the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge, which saw nine Tottenham players and three Chelsea players booked as the visitors’ hopes of winning the Premier League were ended.

The argument is said to have continued through the tunnel, with players threatening each other outside Spurs’ dressing room and Hiddink having to step in after massage therapist Manoel Ribeiro initially refused to leave the area. “Who do you think you are? Remember who the boss is!!” the Dutchman said, according to the Daily Mirror. “I’m your boss, get in the dressing room”, The Sun claims.

Mauricio Pochettino also urged his players to move inside the dressing room, but Vorm apparently continued swearing and trying to get at the Chelsea players despite the attempts of the Spurs coaching staff to hold him back. It eventually took up to four members of staff to restrain him as order was restored, the newspaper says.

John Terry later held peace talks with Pochettino in a separate room, with the Spurs boss apparently thanking the Chelsea captain for attempting to keep the peace.

Dembele to get 10-game ban?

The Football Association is yet to announce what action it will take against the two clubs or any players involved on Monday night, but The Sun claims Moussa Dembele is facing a 10-game ban for gouging the eye of Diego Costa.

The newspaper says ‘FA chiefs are classing the incident in the same bracket as Luis Suarez’s infamous bite on Blues ace Branislav Ivanovic’.

‘The first-half flashpoint between Dembele and Costa was missed by ref Mark Clattenburg — but is being treated as an “extraordinary event” — leaving the way clear for the FA to throw the book at Belgian Dembele.

‘FA chiefs sifted through footage of the powderkeg clash and sought opinions from third parties, as well as Clattenburg and his team of officials.

‘Dembele will be clobbered with a ban expected to be heavier than the minimum three matches for violent conduct. Chelsea and Spurs will also be hit with charges of failing to control their players.

‘Tottenham will incur an automatic £25,000 fine for having nine players cautioned — and may also be charged after some fans lobbed missiles at Chelsea’s Eden Hazard as he celebrated scoring the equaliser which ended their title hopes.’

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