Tottenham and Brighton hit with FA charge for touchline bust-up, but Stellini and De Zerbi will NOT face further action | The Sun

TOTTENHAM and Brighton have been charged for the touchline melee between their two sets of coaching staff on Saturday.

But dismissed bosses Cristian Stellini and Roberto De Zerbi will face no further punishment – meaning they both will be in their respective dugouts this weekend.

Both managers were sent off for failing to control their staff in the second half of Spurs’ heated 2-1 victory over Albion at the weekend.

A 20-man bust-up broke out with pushing and shoving occurring from staff members on each side.

Stellini was not even near the disturbance so was always likely to be let off.

But De Zerbi, who has already served two touchline bans this season, was sweating over whether he would be sanctioned and potentially even miss the Seagulls’ FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City next week.


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He is in the clear though after the FA chose not rap either chief, meaning Stellini will be in the dugout for Spurs' hosting of Bournemouth on Saturday and De Zerbi will be on the touchline for Brighton's trip to Chelsea on the same day.

Though both clubs face fines for their coaching staff’ behaviour.

An FA statement read: “Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion have been charged for a mass confrontation that took place during the 58th minute of their Premier League game on Saturday 8 April.

“It’s alleged that both clubs failed to ensure their technical area occupants conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or do not behave in a way which is improper. Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion have until Monday 17 April to respond.”

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Stellini and De Zerbi seemed to row on the touchline before the match had even started.

Brighton boss De Zerbi was seen pointing a finger at Tottenham interim gaffer Stellini as they shook hands ahead of the game.

They were then back at it as Lewis Dunk netted an equaliser after Son Heung-min had initially put the hosts in front.

It is claim De Zerbi celebrated in front of the Spurs bench when the Seagulls scored.

Tempers then flared in the second-half, with both managers sent off by referee Stuart Attwell following a touchline melee between the two dugouts.

Stellini protested his innocence after Attwell brandished the red, leading Brighton coach Andrea Maldera to laugh at him.

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