Following a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa at home last month, Chelsea captain Reece James admitted to verbally assaulting a match official in the tunnel.
As a result, the Football Association on Wednesday issued James a one-match punishment.
Malo Gusto’s dismissal from Chelsea in the 58th minute sent the team down to 10 men. Chelsea made their worst start to a season in more than 40 years until Villa eventually capitalised and scored in the 73rd minute.
The FA charged James last week, and he was also fined 90,000 pounds ($108,954).
“The defender admitted that he used improper, insulting and abusive words and behaviour towards a match official in the tunnel after the final whistle,” the FA said in a statement.
James missed the 1-1 draw with Liverpool in August due to an injury that kept him out of action.
Despite the fact that manager Mauricio Pochettino stated he might make a comeback this weekend, he won’t play in the away match at Burnley.