Reece James slapped with charges by FA following altercation with referee
Chelsea captain Reece James was charged by the FA after an argument with the referee during the Aston Villa game.
The Football Association has accused Chelsea captain Reece James of misconduct. It was for “insulting or abusive” comments used at a referee. The incident occurred following Sunday’s Premier League match against Aston Villa, in which James did not play due to injury.
A statement read: “Reece James has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3 following Chelsea’s Premier League game against Aston Villa on Sunday, 24 September. It’s alleged that the defender used improper and/or insulting and/or abusive words and/or behaviour towards a match official in the tunnel after the game. Reece James has until Friday, 29 September, to provide a response to this charge.”
The full-back was injured for his team’s 1-0 loss at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, but he approached an official in the tunnel after the game. The FA has decided to charge him for allegedly using “improper, insulting, and/or abusive words” against an official.
James, 23, did not play in Chelsea’s weekend loss to Aston Villa. The England international has been sidelined since suffering a hamstring injury in his team’s season-opening Premier League match against Liverpool. He did, however, attend the game and took it upon himself to remonstrate with the official afterward, potentially resulting in a suspension.
The right-back will hope to heal soon from his injury, but he must first respond to the FA before a decision on a possible punishment is made. James is not anticipated to return from his injury until late October.
Chelsea play Brighton in the Carabao Cup tonight before travelling to Fulham for a Premier League game on Monday. Five days before the international break, a longer trip to Burnley awaits.