QPR and Fulham charged by Football Association after west London derby incident

PUBLISHED: 14:00 24 January 2017 | UPDATED: 14:20 24 January 2017

Queens Park Rangers First Team Coach Marc Bircham

Queens Park Rangers First Team Coach Marc Bircham

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QPR and Fulham have both been charged with two counts of failing to control their players by the Football Association following Saturday’s west London derby at Loftus Road.

Rs coach Marc Bircham and Fulham’s manager of first-team medical and sports science Marco Cesarini have been charged with improper conduct.

Tempers boiled over towards the end of the 1-1 draw with both teams’ management staff involved in one melee which saw Bircham sent to the stands by referee Keith Stroud, who then booked Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney after an altercation with Ryan Manning.

“Queens Park Rangers and Fulham have both been charged with two breaches of FA Rule E20(a) following their game on Saturday (January 21, 2017),” read a statement on the FA’s official website.

“It is alleged that in or around the 91st minute of the fixture, the clubs failed to ensure their players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

“It is further alleged that in or around the 94th minute, they failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

In addition, QPR coach Marc Bircham and Fulham member of staff Marco Cesarini have also been charged in relation to the same game.

“It is alleged their behaviour in or around the 90th minute amounted to improper conduct.

“All parties have until 6pm on 26 January 2017 to respond to the charges.”

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