Manchester United have been fined by the Football Association for failing to control their players in the FA Cup quarter-final against Fulham, at Old Trafford.
The fine relates to an incident in the 71st minute of the game which saw United awarded a penalty from a Willian handball on the goal line stopping a certain Jadon Sancho equaliser.
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The aftermath saw Alexander Mitrovic also given his marching orders after he put his hands on referee Chris Kavanagh, with a melee between both sets of players ensuing soon after.
Mitrovic has subsequently been handed a whopping eight game ban for his actions.
Fulham’s manager Marco Silva was also sent to the stands on the day for comments aimed at Kavanagh, after the award of the penalty following a VAR check.
United have been fined £65,000 for their players part in the fracas, which they have accepted.
The fine seems a curious one, with United players appearing to predominantly attempt to protect the referee from the ire of the Fulham players.
The penalty eventually gave United a chance to level the scores, after Fulham had controlled the majority of the 70 minutes beforehand.
Bruno Fernandes calmly slotted home the spot kick with Marcel Sabitzer’s clever flick just minutes later putting United in control.
Fernandes lashed a third past Bernd Leno in stoppage time to put the gloss on United’s ticket back to Wembley, setting up an FA Cup semi-final clash against Brighton in just over two weeks time.
Should United get past Brighton, a mouthwatering Manchester derby will almost certainly be waiting for them in the final, with City heavy favourites to get past Sheffield United in the other semi.