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Chelsea captain Reece James has been given a one-match ban and fined £90,000 after an incident in the tunnel.

The defense agreed to using “improper, insulting, and abusive language and behavior” toward a match referee.

The England international had previously been believed to have confronted referee Jarred Gillett.

Due to a hamstring injury, the 23-year-old did not play in the game.

Right-back James injured his hamstring in training last month after struggling with injuries during the 2022-23 season.

The FA stated that James had conceded the charge and that the written reasons would be published “as soon as possible.”

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Chelsea were reduced to ten men versus Villa on September 24 as Ollie Watkins’ goal guaranteed their shaky start to the season continued.

After the video assistant referee (VAR) persuaded referee Gillett to check the pitchside monitor, French defender Malo Gusto was sent off in the 58th minute for dangerous play.

Gusto was given a yellow card by Gillett for a foul on Villa defender Lucas Digne, but the official escalated it to a red.

Blues are 11th in the Premier League after winning only two of their first seven league games under new manager Mauricio Pochettino.


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