Chelsea captain Reece James has been handed a one-match suspension after the right-back admitted to verbally abusing a match official within the tunnel following a 1-0 house defeat to Aston Villa final month, the English Soccer Affiliation (FA) stated on Wednesday.
Chelsea had been lowered to 10 males when Malo Gusto was despatched off within the 58th minute of the Premier League conflict at Stamford Bridge on Sept. 24. Villa finally took benefit and scored within the 73rd minute as Chelsea had their worst begin to a season for greater than 40 years.
James, who was charged by the FA final week, was additionally fined £90,000 ($108,954).
“The defender admitted that he used improper, insulting and abusive phrases and behavior in the direction of a match official within the tunnel after the ultimate whistle,” the FA stated in an announcement.
James has not performed since a 1-1 draw with Liverpool in August after he was sidelined with damage.