Chelsea captain Reece James handed one-match ban

Reece James has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since August.

The Chelsea captain has been handed a one-match suspension and also fined £90,000 by the FA for using “improper, abusive and insulting” language towards an official.

He aimed improper/insulting or abusive words towards referee Jarred Gillet or one of his assistants.

Reece James sustained a hamstring injury in training last month and has already missed eight matches this season.

He has not appeared for Mauricio Pochettino’s side since the home draw against Liverpool on the opening day.

James was set to miss the weekend tie against Burnley anyway as he is expected to return only after the October international break.

As the England international continues to recover from his injury, Chelsea would hope the player returns to action before the home game against Arsenal on October 21st.

The FA said: “The defender admitted that he used improper, insulting and/or abusive words and behaviour towards a match official in the tunnel after the final whistle.

“An independent Regulatory Commission imposed these sanctions following a hearing, and its written reasons for them will be published at the earliest opportunity.”


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