Chelsea are facing the prospect of a points deduction after again being charged with failing to control their players.
The Blues are in the dock for the SEVENTH time in seven years after a brawl broke out towards the end of their 2-1 victory over Leicester at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
Leicester have also been charged for their part in the fracas, which saw players and coaching staff clash on the touchline following Ricardo Pereira’s challenge on Ben Chilwell.
But Chelsea have previous when it comes to mass indiscipline of their players.
The London club’s record is so poor that they were warned in July 2016 that they faced a points deduction after appealing against a £375,000 fine levied against them for their part in a mass bust-up during a game with Tottenham two months earlier.
Since then, they have been charged twice more with failing to control their players, but escaped with fines and warnings about their future conduct. A former FA employee, with knowledge of the disciplinary process, said: “It seems there’s an issue within the club.”
Chelsea and Leicester have until Tuesday to respond to the charge.
Such a deduction could have major implications in Chelsea's season as they head into the final day of the campaign chasing a top four spot.
Leicester of course are one of the clubs vying with the Blues for a place in the Champions League next season, while Liverpool sit between both sides in fourth.
A win at Aston Villa will be enough to secure Chelsea's spot, and boss Thomas Tuchel has faith his players will thrive with everything at stake.
"You get absolutely focused, absolutely sharp when the kind of pressure that we have now is on," Tuchel said.
“These last two matches for us – against Leicester and now Aston Villa – even if the pressure was on before, they ARE different. The situation is so clear now.
“It brings you to the edge. It brings you out of bed early. You think twice and become sharp. That’s what I demand of myself – to deliver under pressure.”