Cesc Fabregas sees red as Chelsea crash

Premier League champions crashed 3-0 at West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich (United Kingdom): Chelsea suffered their first defeat in 19 matches as the Premier League champions crashed 3-0 at West Bromwich Albion following the bizarre sending off of Cesc Fabregas on Monday. Saido Berahino had given the hosts an early lead at the Hawthorns before Chelsea midfielder Fabregas was dismissed later in the first half for kicking the ball against Chris Brunt’s head with play stopped.

West Brom made the most of their numerical advantage with Berahino’s penalty early in the second half before Brunt got the third as Jose Mourinho’s side suffered their heaviest defeat of the season and their first league loss since New Year’s Day.

Although the title had been secured two weeks ago, Chelsea still fielded a strong side with Spain striker Diego Costa returning from injury after “begging” Mourinho to play him according to his manager. With both sides having little but pride to play for, there was a jovial atmosphere inside the Hawthorns as the hosts gave the now traditional guard of honour for the champions.

An off the ball clash between Costa and Gareth McAuley on 29 minutes led to an ugly altercation between players of both sides. As referee Mike Jones went to book Costa, Fabregas inexplicably kicked the ball straight against the back of Brunt’s head, prompting an angry exchange with the Albion player and then a red card for the initial offence. Fabregas could now miss the first two games of next season.

( Source : AFP )
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