Chelsea star Reece James has been charged by the Football Association (FA) for his improper behaviour towards a match official after his side's 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa.
The Blues captain wasn't in the matchday squad as he is still recovering from injury, but he landed himself in hot water after the referee listed him in his report for his alleged discrepancy.
He has been given until Friday to respond to the accusation, which occurred down the tunnel at Stamford Bridge last Sunday.
An FA statement reads: “Reece James has been charged with breach of FA Rule E3 following Chelsea’s Premier League game with Aston Villa on Sunday 24 September.
“It’s alleged that the defender used improper and/or insulting/ and or abusive words and/or behaviour towards a match official after the game.
“Reece James has until Friday, September 29, to provide a response to this charge.”
Should James be found guilty, he would be hit with at least one-match ban.