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Chelsea have been charged by the Football Association with failing to control their players during the 1-0 Premiership defeat at Fulham on Sunday

The charge comes after several Chelsea harrassed the referee following the dismissal of William Gallas in the last minute of the game.

“The referee and assistant reported that a number of players had surrounded the assistant in an aggressive manner,” said a statement on the FA’s website.

It is the second time within the space of a month that Chelsea have been accused of failing to control their players – the club denied a similar charge after the game against West Brom on 4 March.

Fulham have avoided any action after their players confonted referee Mike Dean prior to Didier Drogba’s effort being ruled out for handball.

The statement added: “Mike Dean also confirmed that, in his view, the conduct of Fulham players in the 57th minute did not warrant a report to the FA.”

But the investigation will look into the scuffles between the two sets of supporters after the game had finished.

“The FA is also investigating the pitch invasion following the final whistle and has requested detailed reports from the police and Fulham FC.”

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