The two teams that faced off at Villa Park on Sunday have been charged by the English FA for shenanigans on the field during the 65th minute that saw Christian Benteke sent off.
A first-half of chippiness eventually boiled over in the second half when referee Neil Swarbrick completely lost control of the match. It resulted in Christian Benteke being provoked by Ryan Mason and shoving him in the face, which caused Swarbrick to produce the straight red. Erik Lamela, Roberto Soldado, and Harry Kane were involved in the incident, as well as Tom Cleverley.
Andreas Weimann then began to bark repeatedly in the face of the referees, and he was eventually booked for dissent four minutes after Benteke’s sending off.
The FA charge states, “It is alleged that in or around the 66th minute of the game, the clubs failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.”
Many claimed Benteke was justifiably sent off by the letter of the law for a strike to the opponent’s face, but his actions were only slightly worse than those by the rest of the players in the scuffle, including Mason’s taunts.