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.”