Bardsley hit by FA charge

The 26-year-old appeared to stamp on Juan Mata towards the end of
the first half of the game at the Stadium of Light, which the
visitors eventually won 2-1. Referee Lee Probert failed to punish
the full-back at the time, but after reviewing video evidence the
FA have decided to take disciplinary action. If found guilty,
Bardsley faces a three-match suspension. An FA statement read: “The
FA has today charged Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley with violent
conduct following an incident in his side’s home game against
Chelsea. “Bardsley has until 6pm on Wednesday 14 September to
respond to the charge.”