Chelsea star Raheem Sterling facing potential ban after footage emerges of him throwing object into Spurs crowd
The FA are investigating the incident from Monday night's game.
The west Londoners claimed a 4-1 victory in a heated and fiery match, with Spurs having dominated the early exchanges before Cristian Romero was sent off in the 33rd minute for a reckless challenge on Enzo Fernandez.
In addition to being shown a red card, the Argentine centre-back also gave away a penalty which Cole Palmer dispatched into the bottom corner.
It was actually the third time Chelsea had found the back of the net at that stage, with two previous efforts – one from Sterling and another from Moises Caicedo – having been chalked off for offside, with the players celebrating in front of the Spurs fans and a number of them ‘ssshing’ the crowd both times.
When Palmer scored, Chelsea again celebrated in front of the Tottenham south stand and in footage actually released on the club’s own TikTok account an object is seen landing near Palmer.
As the players then head back towards the centre circle to restart the match, Sterling can be seen bending down to pick up the object before appearing to toss it back towards the crowd.
According to the Evening Standard, the Football Association are now investigating the footage and Sterling could face a potential ban.
The incident was not spotted by officials at the time – though nearby Spurs fan can be heard reacting to the object being lobbed back towards them – and is now being reviewed to determine if further action is required.
There is precedent for players facing punishment for such actions, with Richarlison having been handed a one-match ban for throwing a lit flare back into the crowd after scoring for Everton in the 2021/22 season.
Another Chelsea player, legendary striker Didier Drogba, was handed a three-match ban when Burnley supporters threw a coin in his direction in 2008 and he reacted by picking it up and throwing it back.
Chelsea are next in action against Sterling’s former club Manchester City on Sunday and no action is expected to be taken before that match.
Spurs, meanwhile, will be without Romero for the next three matches – against Wolves, Aston Villa and Manchester City – while Destiny Udogie will also miss the trip to Molineux after being shown two yellow cards.
Tottenham are still sweating over the fitness of Micky van de Ven, who appeared to suffer a serious hamstring injury in the defeat to Chelsea, and he is unlikely to return before the end of the year even if he avoids surgery.
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