Found October 02, 2013 on
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has slammed the Football Association for its "disgraceful" and "farcical" decision not to ban Fernando Torres for scratching Jan Vertonghen's face.
During Saturday's heated clash with Chelsea , the Spain striker was sent off for two yellow cards but avoided a straight red card earlier in the match.
Torres was captured on television scratching the face of Spurs defender Vertonghen, leaving visible marks, and led to the FA reviewing the incident.
However, as one of the match officials saw the incident, no action could be taken under FA rules - a decision that completely dumbfounded Villas-Boas.
"It's extremely difficult to know where to start," the Portuguese said, speaking ahead of the Europa League clash with Anzhi.
"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 integri...
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Fernando Torres will not face retrospective disciplinary action for scratching the face of Tottenham 's Jan Vertonghen.
The Chelsea striker was captured on television scratching the face of Spurs' Belgian defender, leaving visible marks, leading the Football Association to review the incident. But, as one of the match officials saw the incident, under FA rules no action...
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will not face retrospective disciplinary action for scratching the face of Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen.
The FA said it cannot take action against the Spanish international over the incident because ''one of the match officials saw the coming together of the two players, albeit not in its entirety.''
Television images showed Torres...
Last week Chelsea FC made a casual trip to the other side of London and took on Tottenham Hotspur. They came away with a point and a watchful eye from the FA.
Fernando Torres had quite the 81 minutes before he was shown the gate for a second yellow card. A majority of the scraps came with Spurs player Jan Vertonghen. One of the first encounters in the video, where Vertonghen seemed...