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Leicester fined after brawl

Leicester have been hit with a £20,000 fine from the Football Association after a mass brawl at the end of last Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa.

The incident occurred following a challenge by Leicester's Matty James on Villa's Jores Okore. Villa's Ciaran Clark reacted by knocking the Foxes midfielder off his feet.

As the duo pulled each other's shirts, players from both sides surrounded them and became involved in a melee, at the end of which James and Clark were each shown a red card.

City have subsequently admitted an FA charge of failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour, resulting in the fine.

Villa have admitted the same charge. However, their case is to be heard by an Independent Regulatory Commission in due course.

It is the third time this season Villa have been hit with such a charge following similar incidents in the matches with Spurs on November 2 and Manchester United on December 20, resulting in £20,000 and £30,000 fines respectively.

Leicester beat Villa 1-0 thanks to Paul Konchesky's goal.

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