Football Association officials are looking at their own regulations for punishing players to see if further action can be taken against Ben Thatcher for his crude challenge on Pedro Mendes.

The Manchester City full-back crashed into Mendes in the second half of the goalless draw at Eastlands, with the Portsmouth player spending the night in hospital.

"We are looking at whether this may possibly be an exceptional case and what options may exist under our disciplinary regulations," an FA spokesman told PA Sport.

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