THE 20-man scuffle that saw Andy Cole throwing punches has sparked the biggest FA crackdown since the Arsenal-Manchester United brawl last season.
Fulham are set to be hammered with massive fines and hit with three charges following Cole and Pape Bouba Diop’s sendings off at West Brom on FIFA Fair Play Day.
The FA will wait for referee Mike Dean’s report before levelling two allegations of intimidating match officials at Fulham and another of failing to control their players.
Manager Chris Coleman could be in trouble for claiming the home side resorted to dirty tactics and insisting Darren Purse triggered the trouble with a “coward’s” tackle in the first half.
Albion midfielder Neil Clement, dismissed along with Cole for bringing down Luis Boa Morte, may also be punished further.
Arsenal were fined £175,000 for the clash at Old Trafford and several players fined a total of £100,000.
The FA will want to act quickly to stick with their new code of sorting out suspensions without delay.
Dean said yesterday he was happy with his decisions and would not reconsider any of them.
He added: “I will be reporting Fulham for their continual harassment throughout the game. It was a robust afternoon.”
But Coleman was livid, claiming West Brom provoked his players, stamped on their toes off the ball and that Cole was “nutted” by Clement.
Cole squared up forehead-to forehead with Clement after the Albion man was shown red for felling Boa Morte and then launched a flurry of punches.
Bouba Diop was already off, having slapped Purse in the face while waiting for a corner to be taken.
Albion boss Gary Megson defended his men. “Darren Purse certainly is not a coward,” he said.
“He went diving in in the first half, mis-timed it, and was booked, end of story. There was no bad blood from our point of view.”