By Keith Hackett

14th Sep, 2021 | 4:00pm

Ex-Premier League referee: Abramovich will be fuming after confirmed Chelsea news

Keith Hackett has suggested Roman Abramovich will not be happy after Chelsea were hit with an FA fine for failing to control their players.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League referee claimed the £25,000 charge may be paid by the players involved.

BBC Sport reported on September 8 Chelsea were handed the fine for their behaviour after Reece James was sent off against Liverpool prior to the international break.

Liverpool scored for the penalty that James gave away as the two sides drew 1-1 at Anfield.

“The first thing is that I was pleased that the FA brought a charge,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“To referees out there, I think this is important, whatever the level of punishment brought is not important, it’s not their problem, it’s not their responsibility.

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“Don’t worry about it. I often hear grassroots referee say ‘He only got a match ban’ or whatever it might be. It doesn’t matter, you’ve done your job on the day.

“Clearly, the surrounding of the referee has been reported by the referee in his post-match report and that’s the important bid.

“When we get to the levels of fine, there will be a very strong letter sent to the club reminding them of their responsibility to the image of the game.

“In many instances, that letter finds its way to the CEO or owner of the business, like Abramovich, and he’s not happy.

“Don’t worry about the fact that Premier League clubs have millions and this is only £25,000.

“They can be fined, incidentally, up to £250,000 on a sliding scale. Let’s hope this acts as a deterrent.

“In some clubs, the fines for mass confrontations are placed on the players.”

In other news, a European giant is already working on signing a Chelsea 25-year-old in January.