Chelsea defender James charged by England’s FA
LONDON, England (AP):
Chelsea defender Reece James has been charged by England's Football Association (FA) for an alleged altercation with a match official, English football's governing body said yesterday.
The incident is said to have occurred after Chelsea's 1-0 loss against Aston Villa in the English Premier League on Sunday.
"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," the FA stated.
James has been given until Friday to respond to the charge.
The England international did not play in the game at Stamford Bridge because of injury.
Instead, he watched as Chelsea defender Malo Gusto was sent off in the second half, and Villa's Ollie Watkins took the field and scored the game's only goal.
Chelsea has endured a miserable start to the season, which has seen the 2021 Champions League winners secure only one win in six league games under new manager Mauricio Pochettino.