Blues charged over mini-derby

Everton have been charged by the FA for failing to control their players in the recent mini-derby with Liverpool.

The game saw Liverpool's Jerzy Dudek sent off for violent conduct after he finally reacted to a torrent of what he felt were over-the-top challenges from Victor Anichebe. Everton's attitude after the game was that Jerzy had over-reacted, Liverpool's that he had faced for more provocation than the referee should ever have allowed.

It now seems the FA have reviewed the incidents on video, and although nothing has been announced regarding Jerzy, they've decided to land Everton with this charge. Liverpool may also receive a similar charge, although no announcement has been made yet.

Liverpool are believed to be considering an appeal against Jerzy's red card, which may begin once they've heard how the FA consider the role of the club in the fracas. Even though the dismissal took place in a reserve game, the suspension applies to first-team games too and so Dudek is, as things stand, set to miss three matches including the league cup match against Reading.

Everton's club secretary David Harrison revealed the charge to their website, saying: "We have been charged with a breach of FA rule E20, which is failure to control our players. We have until the first of November to reply and we also have the opportunity to request a personal hearing before the commission, should we wish to do so."

Unfortunately Bill Kenwright did not leave a comment.