Guus Hiddink has played down the role of Cesc Fabregas in the fracas which followed Chelsea’s draw against Tottenham on Monday.
The 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge ended Spurs’ Premier League title hopes and saw Leicester confirmed as Chelsea’s successors as champions.
The repercussions of the fiery encounter continue, however.
Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele is facing a lengthy ban after accepting a charge of violent conduct following his alteraction with Diego Costa, while both clubs have until 6pm on May 9 to respond to three breaches of failing to control their players.
Hiddink was reluctant to address the full scale of the fallout on Friday, but he played down the involvement of Fabregas, who was alleged to be a main protagonist in the fracas following the final whistle.
“I took him away into the tunnel and then the shuffling started a bit. He went into the tunnel without any arguing,” Hiddink said.
On the other incidents, Hiddink added: “It was a hot game.
“Within the rules of sportsmanship you have to play.
“There were too many chest to chest situations, which was not good for the game.
“It’s up to the FA to make a judgement. I don’t have any comments on that (the response).”