The FA will not investigate the elbow incident involving Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, according to The Daily Mail.

The 29-year-old recklessly flung his arm at the Belgian striker during an aerial duel, moments before he scored the winner to snatch three points for the Blues.

Following referee Kevin Friend's decision to book the Serbian defender, the FA will take no further action as the incident had been spotted by the man in charge. 

Villa manager Paul Lambert was furious Ivanovic did not see red for his flying elbow, and blamed a number of "wrong decisions" for his side's cruel 2-1 loss at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

"I thought Ivanovic threw an elbow. I know it's a physical game. But that's what I thought," said the former Norwich boss.

His opposite number, Jose Mourinho, naturally took a much more lenient view on the incident, claiming hard hits are part of the Premier League charm.

"This is English football. For some reason, the world loves it more than any other league," he said.

"One thing is the real aggression. Duels land in a certain way. It was a football fight between Benteke and Ivanovic".

The FA rules were altered in the summer regarding incidents of this violent nature after an incident last campaign involving Wigan's Callum McManaman escaping sanction for a potentially career-ending lunge on Newcastle's Massadio Haidara.

However, action can only be taken if a referee has not had a full view of an incident.

With this in mind, the FA have ruled not to follow up on Ivanovic's dangerous challenge because Friend, who no more than a few yards away, booked the Serbian soon after stopping play.

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