Some parts of the media have been left fuming over the FA’s decision to charge Everton for failing to control their players against Crystal Palace last weekend.
The Lowdown: Everton charged
As per an FA Spokesperson, both the Merseyside club and Palace have now been charged with failing to control their players in the 68th minute, and have until Tuesday to respond to the charges.
This is in relation to the incident that saw Wilfried Zaha appear to elbow Anthony Gordon in the back of the head, which resulted in the former receiving a yellow card.
A brawl occurred between both sets of players after the incident, with James Tarkowski, Marc Guehi and Jeffrey Schlupp also given cautions by the referee.
The Latest: Media fume
Taking to Twitter after the news was announced, some forms of the media were left fuming over the decision to charge the Goodison Park outfit, when it was a Palace player who made the bad challenge, and more Palace players were booked for their involvement in the aftermath.
The Verdict: Harsh
The decision to charge Frank Lampard’s team as well as Palace does seem harsh, as it was more of the away side that were involved in the brawl, and the Toffees could feel aggrieved that Zaha was not sent off for his challenge.
As per The Athletic reporter Patrick Boyland, temperatures were raised in the stadium through some poor decisions before the incident, with Blues podcaster Ryan Williams noticing how many times Jordan Ayew got away with not receiving a booking.
Nonetheless, the club now have to accept the charge, and try to find a way to control their emotions on the pitch when decisions are not going their way.