Blackpool and Burnley hit with FA charge after fiery Lancashire derby

Both Blackpool and Burnley have been slapped with an FA charge.

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The Lancashire rivals are accused of “failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion” during Saturday’s derby at Turf Moor.

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It relates to the melee sparked by the red cards handed to Ian Maatsen and Sonny Carey seven minutes from time.

“Burnley and Blackpool have been charged with a breach of FA Rule E20.1 following their EFL Championship game on Saturday, August 8,” an FA spokesperson said.

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“It is alleged that both clubs failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 83rd minute and they have until Tuesday, August 30 to respond.”

A breach of Rule E20.1 is considered “misconduct” by the FA, with a typical punishment likely to be a fine for either club.

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The incident seven minutes from time sparked a melee between the two sets of players
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Keith Stroud deemed the midfielder’s tackle as “serious foul play”, which is defined as: a tackle or challenge that endangers the safety of an opponent or uses excessive force or brutality.

Carey’s red card stands and the midfielder will serve a three-game ban, missing the games against Bristol City (H), Blackburn Rovers (H) and Huddersfield Town (A).

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It leaves Michael Appleton with Matty Virtue, Kenny Dougall and Callum Connolly as the only fit and available central midfielders.

Maatsen will also serve a three-game man.