Patrice Evra and Chelsea will attend a Football Association hearing on Thursday relating to last season's altercation at Stamford Bridge.

Evra, who was among a group of players warming down, was involved in a confrontation with groundsman Sam Bethell after United's defeat in April. The Manchester United defender is charged with improper conduct by the FA and has requested a personal hearing. Chelsea are charged with breaching FA rules in relation to Bethell's conduct. The hearing in London will be attended by officials from both clubs and is expected to last two days, although their cases will be heard separately by the FA's regulatory commission.

Evra and his team-mates were asked to move while warming down, sparking the row. The Frenchman and Bethell were pictured having a confrontation following the incident. Charges against Bethell by an independent commission were later dropped but the FA later charged Chelsea with breaching FA rules in relation to his conduct. Bethell had been charged with improper conduct and using abusive language aggravated by reference to nationality and or race.

But an independent panel cleared him, ruling that the FA did not have disciplinary jurisdiction over him because Chelsea had failed to tell him that he was subject to FA rules. That led to the FA charging Chelsea "for their failure to include the required provisions in his employment contract". The Stamford Bridge club are also charged with, "failing to ensure that Bethell conducted himself in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from any one or a combination of racist and/or abusive and/or provocative conduct and/or language". BBC


  1. Ir. hydir  

    December 5, 2008 at 9:16 AM

    This is the time that Chelsea is to clear his name from this obtrusion .. btw .. we need some good news :)

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