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Chelsea charged with failure to control players

Queen's Park Rangers's goalkeeper Paddy Kenny (L) and Chelsea's John Terry confront each other during their English Premier League soccer match at Loftus Road in London October 23, 2011. REUTERS/Toby Melville

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LONDON — The Football Association has charged Chelsea with failing to control its players during the ill-tempered Premier League match against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

The charge, issued Tuesday, relates to the surrounding of referee Chris Foy following his decision to give a straight red card to right back Jose Bosingwa in the 33rd minute, the first of two sending-offs for the visitors in their 1-0 defeat on Sunday.

The FA has also asked Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas to explain his post-match comments to the media, in which he criticized the performance of Foy and his assistant referees.

Villas-Boas said Foy was "very, very poor" and that the officials "conceded to the crowd."

Chelsea has until Friday to respond to the FA.

10:25ET 25-10-11

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