Despite being sent-off after the final whistle in Everton’s contentious 1-1 draw at home against Manchester United last weekend, manager Carlo Ancelotti will be in the dugout for Sunday’s trip to Chelsea.
The Club decided not to appeal the sending off which could have meant he would be suspended should the misconduct charges leveled against him by match referee Chris Kavanagh have held.
However, it appears Ancelotti and club captain Seamus Coleman visiting the referee’s dressing room at Goodison Park helped to cool tensions after the game, and the Italian veteran accepted the fine levied by the Football Association with no further recriminations.
The statement released by the FA today was brief and to the point -
Carlo Ancelotti has been fined £8,000 for a breach of FA Rule E3 during the Premier League fixture against Manchester United FC on Sunday 1 March 2020.
The Everton FC manager admitted that his language and/or behaviour on the field of play at the end of the fixture amounted to improper conduct and also accepted the standard penalty.
Ancelotti in comments after the game had insisted that he had not disrespected Kavanagh and his team either on the pitch or afterwards either, but also showed that he would not be cowed by authority by stating that the sending-off was “Not the first, and won’t be the last”
While Everton fans were more than pleased to see their manager stand up to the abject refereeing standards being seen in the Premier League season despite the introduction of Video Assistant Referees (VAR), calmer heads have prevailed and this will be put behind us as we look forward to the last couple of months of the season.