Blues midfielder given straight red in the International Club Cup clash against Liverpool
Cesc Fabregas was sent off with 20 minutes remaining at the Rose Bowl Stadium for a late challenge on the Reds’ new signing Ragnar Klavan.
Gary Cahill got the only goal of the game in the 10th minute, heading in a Fabregas corner.
Cahill himself was also booked in the clash of the Premier League rivals, with Alberto Moreno, Ovie Ejaria, Marko Grujic, Dejan Lovren and Kevin Stewart also receiving yellow cards.
As well as Kavlan, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp gave starts to fellow recent arrivals Sadio Mane and Loris Karius in a match which was watched by more than 53,000 in California.
Fabregas has since apologised for his tackle and explained his actions:
“We want to win every game and everything becomes very competitive but I do think the ref for them and for us was giving cards all over the place and that’s why I was sent off.
“In the Premier League you could probably get away with it. I got there late, he got a toe to the ball and then I was anxious to win the ball. “It was a hard tackle, so I accept it and move on.”