Football: THEFA ARE MAKING US SCAPEGOATS; COUNTDOWN TO CHELSEA V TOMORROW, 12 Chelsea Fury at Fine over Halsey Row

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Football: THEFA ARE MAKING US SCAPEGOATS; COUNTDOWN TO CHELSEA V TOMORROW, 12 Chelsea Fury at Fine over Halsey Row


Byline: John CROSS

JOSE MOURINHO is cursing again after Chelsea yesterday found themselves in more hot water with the Football Association.

They were fined pounds 10,000 and warned about the future conduct of their players following a bust-up at West Brom on March 4.

The west Londoners became the first high profile club to fall foul of new FA rules on the behaviour of players towards referees - but feel they may have been made an example of.

Several Chelsea players surrounded referee Mark Halsey after Albion's Ronnie Wallwork fouled Claude Makelele.

Halsey reported the incident to the FA, saying he was put under pressure by their reaction during a stormy match which saw Arjen Robben sent off and Chelsea boss Mourinho involved in a touchline row with West Brom counterpart Bryan Robson.

Chelsea face a similar charge relating to a 1-0 defeat at Fulham on March 19, but feel they have been singled out as neither their near neighbours nor West Brom face disciplinary action despite having players involved in confrontations.

New measures were introduced this season to punish players who swear at referees or try to intimidate them.

Sanctions include a maximum fine of pounds 250,00, so Chelsea appear to have got off lightly by being ordered to pay pounds 10,000.

Mourinho has been on a charm offensive in recent weeks to try to repair his battered public image. He had a tempestuous first season in the Premiership in which he found himself in trouble with the authorities and launched several attacks on the FA and UEFA.

But he has resumed his appearances at press conferences and is again giving interviews to the BBC after falling out with the broadcaster.

However, Mourinho and Chelsea - who are waiting for a date to be fixed for an FA hearing into the Fulham fracas - feel they have been unfairly treated over The Hawthorns bust-up. …

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