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Liverpool and Everton charged by FA over ‘mass confrontation’

Following a “mass confrontation” late in Monday’s Merseyside derby, Liverpool and Everton have been charged by the Football Association (FA)

Confirming the beginning of disciplinary proceedings, an FA statement read: “Liverpool and Everton have been charged following a mass confrontation during the 86th minute of their Premier League match on Monday, February 13.

“It’s alleged that both clubs failed to ensure their players and/or benches conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour.

“Liverpool and Everton have until Monday, February 20 to provide responses to their charges.”

The flashpoint of the game was when Andrew Robertson handled the ball but continued playing after the referee’s whistle and then later kicked the ball towards the Everton box.

His act was perceived as an act of time-wasting in the game thereby causing the
brawl between the players.

Everton players swiftly confronted Robertson, who laughed in the face of Jordan Pickford before he was held at the neck by Conor Coady.

Though Pickford and Robertson were the only individuals booked, the hullabaloo also involved many players including the substitutes who also tried to impact the situation from the touchline.

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