BREAKING: Chelsea suffer Reece James blow as Blues captain handed ban


Reece James has been handed a one-match ban and a £90,000 fine for his actions following Chelsea's defeat to Aston Villa in September. The Blues captain was unavailable for the game due to a hamstring injury suffered earlier in the season, but was present behind Chelsea's dugout for the clash.

James has not yet made his return to first team action, with a trip to Burnley expected to have been too soon. Any chance will not be nil however, with James to serve his suspension during the match with the Clarets.

The 23-year-old was charged with breaching FA Rule E3 because of "improper and/or insulting and/or abusive words and/or behaviour towards a match official" after the game.

Malo Gusto was shown a red card in the game against Villa after a VAR intervention, having initially been shown a yellow card for his challenge on Lucas Digne, while Nicolas Jackson earned his fifth yellow card of the season to also pick up a suspension from the clash.

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The FA statement read: "Reece James has been given a one-match suspension and £90,000 fine for breaching FA Rule E3 at Chelsea's Premier League match against Aston Villa on Sunday 24 September. The defender admitted that he used improper, insulting and abusive words and behaviour towards a match official in the tunnel after the final whistle.

"An independent regulatory commision imposed these sanctions following a hearing, and its written reasons for them will be published at the earliest opportunity."

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