The incident came towards the end of the first half of the London outfit’s 2-1 win at The Stadium of Light at the weekend, and the former Manchester United and Rangers full-back will now need to respond to the charge.
“The FA has today charged Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley with violent conduct following an incident in his side’s home game against Chelsea,” an official statement read.
“Bardsley has until 6pm on Wednesday 14 September to respond to the charge.”
Referee Lee Probert failed to discipline The Black Cats’ man at the time of the incident, and after the review of video footage, the game’s ruling body have decided to take the case further.
If found guilty Bardsley could face a three-match suspension, in what would be a blow for Steve Bruce’s struggling side.
Sunderland host Stoke on Wearside on Saturday, and will look to get their first win of the season after two solitary draws from their first four league fixtures.
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