WEST HAM and Tottenham have been fined £20,000 each by the FA for failing to control their players.
An injury-time bust-up marred Spurs’ 3-2 Premier League win in Saturday’s derby at the London Stadium.
Referee Michael Oliver showed yellow cards to West Ham‘s Andy Carroll, Winston Reid and Andre Ayew, while Eric Dier and Fernando Llorente were booked for the visitors.
The FA confirmed in a statement on Thursday afternoon: “West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur have each been fined £20,000 after they admitted an FA misconduct charge and accepted the standard penalty.
“It was alleged that in or around the 95th minute of their fixture on Saturday (23 September 2017), both clubs failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.”
Before the sanction was confirmed, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic said the east London club were ready to take their punishment.
The Croatian said: “We talked about it, but there was some pushing.
“The FA can’t have grey zones (areas), so we have accepted the charge.”
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Reid and Llorente squared up to each other after a challenge by Carroll, delaying the game as other players rushed to get involved.
Ayew’s caution came a moment before for a bad tackle on Ben Davies as West Ham tried to force an equaliser.
Spurs were 3-0 up after 60 minutes but Javier Hernandez pulled one back five minutes later and Serge Aurier was sent off for a second yellow card with 20 minutes to go.
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Cheikhou Kouyate scored in the 87th minute to set up a nervy end to the game, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men managed to hold on to the win.
Slaven Bilic said after the match: “We are disappointed we lost the game. Until that first goal we were proper like last year when we beat them, it was a really good performance.
“Then we lose one ball, with enough players behind, and it was a brilliant finish. But it was a good fight from our side.”