Chelsea defender Reece James has been handed a one-game suspension and fined £90,000 ($109,000) for his actions following his team’s defeat to Aston Villa.
He admitted to a charge by the Football Association for using inappropriate, insulting, and abusive language and behavior towards a match official, specifically referee Jarred Gillett in the tunnel at Stamford Bridge.
The defeat, in which Villa won 1-0, led to James’ frustration, likely fueled by the red card given to Chelsea defender Malo Gusto during the second half, following a VAR review initiated by Gillett, who initially had cautioned Gusto for a foul on Villa’s Lucas Digne. It’s important to note that Reece James was not part of the matchday squad due to injury and was observing the match from the sidelines.
“Reece James has been given a one-match suspension and £90,000 fine for breaching FA Rule E3 at Chelsea’s Premier League match against Aston Villa on Sunday September 24,” an FA spokesperson said on Wednesday.
“The defender admitted that he used improper, insulting and/or abusive words and behaviour towards a match official in the tunnel after the final whistle.
“An independent regulatory commission imposed these sanctions following a hearing, and its written reasons for them will be published at the earliest opportunity.”
James suffered a hamstring injury during training last month and has been absent from Mauricio Pochettino’s team since the draw against Liverpool at the beginning of the season. Chelsea is optimistic that James will recover in time to make his comeback in the London derby against Arsenal scheduled for October 21.
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