Fernando Torres Won't Face Additional Discipline After Red Card vs. Tottenham

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Fernando Torres Won't Face Additional Discipline After Red Card vs. Tottenham
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Chelsea striker Fernando Torres won't face any further discipline for his actions toward Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen during Saturday's Premier League match.

The English Football Association announced the decision and explained the reasoning for not giving Torres a more substantial ban:

One of the match officials saw the coming together of the two players, albeit not in its entirety.

In these particular circumstances, in line with The FA's policy on when retrospective action may be taken, reviewed this summer by the game’s stakeholders (the Premier League, the Football League, the Professional Footballers' Association, the League Managers' Association, Professional Game Match Officials Limited and the National Game), no action may be taken.

Andre Villas-Boas responded to the decision, courtesy of Yahoo! Sports' Eurosport Staff:

"Obviously, it is almost a farcical decision. It doesn't matter to me which player or club is involved.

"Neither do I want to with my words put into question Fernando's integrity; neither their manager's, in trying to defend what is our position.

"I think the FA has made a decision almost a joke. It looks incredible.

"How can you see the images, pretty clear, and come out without punishment, on something (which) overtakes all professional behaviour?

"I think the decision is a disgrace. If the committee can't solve such clear images I don't think it sets out a good first example and we're not asking nobody to retract themselves; the player to retract themselves. That would not be fair.

Torres was involved in two tussles with Vertonghen during the match.

The first game in the 50th minute, which led to a yellow card for the Chelsea star, then he appeared to scratch the defender's face. It's the type of violent action the FA has been attempting to remove from the sport in recent years.

Later in the match, the pair got tangled up again and it led to a controversial second booking and a red card for Torres in the 81st minute. That results in an automatic ban for one match.

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Yet, there was speculation Torres might have his ban increased by three more matches for his actions surrounding the first yellow card.

It turns out that won't be the case, mostly because of the policies in place regarding how actions may be reviewed for further action from the FA.

Still, the decision rubs some people the wrong way, including Adam Crafton of the Daily Mail.

Ultimately, the entire situation was a mess from start to finish. Torres could have received a red card at the outset, but didn't deserve the second yellow later in the match. So it put the FA in a tough position when it came to giving him a longer ban.

It decided against any further punishment, which will please those at Stamford Bridge.

 

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