By Keith Hackett

30th Aug, 2021 | 8:30pm

Hackett 'convinced' Chelsea set for FA charge as 'childish' footage emerges

Keith Hackett has suggested the FA may charge Chelsea for failing to control their players in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League referee insisted the scenes following Liverpool’s equaliser have damaged the Premier League’s image.

The hosts equalised from the spot after Reece James was sent off when Sadio Mane’s shot struck his arm.

Jordan Henderson went to collect the ball after Mohamed Salah’s penalty but it was kicked away by Edouard Mendy.

What followed was a mass confrontation as Salah bizarrely celebrated alone in front of the Anfield faithful.

Mendy was shown a yellow card for his part in the exchange while Liverpool actually avoided a booking all game.

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The half-time whistle blew shortly after when Chelsea players surrounded referee Anthony Taylor.

Asked for his assessment of the incident, Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “On this one, the Football Association have got to charge Chelsea with failing to control their players, I’m convinced by that.

“In that situation, the incident damages the image of the game. The Premier League is beamed around the world and is very conscious of the image with how we play football.

“We should set an example, which I know is very easy to say while sat behind a desk.

“The FA should not review the decision [that led to the penalty] but the reactions of the players.

“It was all a bit of nonsense, it almost bordered on childish.”

Liverpool and Chelsea are still both unbeaten after three Premier League games.

The clubs have identical records with two wins, one draw, six goals scored and one conceded.

In other news, three clubs are racing to sign a Leeds United midfielder permanently after Marcelo Bielsa gives the green light.