FA Cup: United charged but Marcos Rojo in the clear

The Football Association (FA) charged Manchester United with failing to control their players although it appears that Marcos Rojo will escape any retrospective action after his stamp on Eden Hazard.

Both incidents occurred in United’s 1-0 defeat in the FA Cup quarter final by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

“Manchester United have been charged for failing to control its players. It follows an incident in the 35th minute of the FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge,” a statement from the FA read. “The club have until 6pm on Friday to respond to the charge.”

This happened after referee Michael Oliver’s sending off of Ander Herrera, which prompted several United players to surround the official and argue with him. It was Herrera’s second yellow for tripping Hazard after drawing an earlier booking from Oliver for a body check on the Belgian.

Herrera’s dismissal also came after the referee’s warning to United captain Chris Smalling that United, being engaged in systematic fouling of Chelsea’s players, would have their next indiscretion answered with the issuing of a yellow card.

In a separate incident, Rojo appeared to make contact with Hazard’s chest towards the end of the tie, but Oliver did not appear to see this. He did not warn Rojo or censure the defender with a booking.

Rojo’s escape would come as a irony as not two weeks ago, Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings was handed a five-match suspension for stamping on Zlatan Ibrahimovic during United’s 1-1 draw with Bournemouth.

Nonetheless, Herrera will miss the Premier League matches against West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough along with Ibrahimovic. For the latter player they are the second and third matches of a three-game ban he received for elbowing Mings in the game with Bournemouth.

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