The final day of the 2020/21 Premier League season had mixed emotions for Leicester City as they failed to finish in the Champions League positions.
Despite leading twice in the game, City fell to a 4-2 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, missing out on the chance to climb above Chelsea into fourth place after their defeat vs Aston Villa.
But the season is one that will be remembered fondly by Foxes fans as it was the one when the club finally broke their FA Cup hoodoo with a 1-0 win over Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.
And there is now a glimmer of hope that the campaign could be even better for Leicester.
Reports emerged on Sunday morning that Chelsea could be hit with a possible points deduction after the disturbance between City and Chelsea players in last week’s Premier League game.
Tempers flared in stoppage time of the clash at Stamford Bridge after Ricardo Pereira’s challenge on former Leicester man Ben Chilwell.
Both clubs have been charged for the scuffle, but Chelsea could receive a much harsher punishment for repeat offences.
It is claimed that the Blues were warned back in 2016 that they could face a point deduction, and have been charged twice more since then.
Should the FA decide to come down hard on Thomas Tuchel’s men, then the punishment could be anything up to a 12-point deduction. However, one previous example shows it could be a close run thing for City.
Back in 1990/91, both Manchester United and Arsenal were deducted points for bringing the game into disrepute after a mass brawl.
United saw a single point taken off their total while Arsenal were docked two.
Should the FA decide to take action and deduct two points from Chelsea’s total, then that would move City up above the Blues and into fourth place, meaning that they will play Champions League football next season.
However, should any punishment only be one point, then the Blues would remain in fourth place purely on goal difference. Thomas Tuchel’s men have a goal difference of plus 22 compared to City’s of plus 18.
Both Leicester and Chelsea have until today (Tuesday) to respond to the FA charge.