Fernando Torres facing lengthy ban after Vertonghen clash
Chelsea strike could be punished by new FA disciplinary panel
Fernando Torres is in danger of becoming the first player to be penalised by a new disciplinary system being trialled by the FA after he was sent off in Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Tottenham.
The Spaniard was given his marching orders for two bookable offences on Saturday, but he may now find himself in further trouble for the incident which led to his first yellow card.
Referee Mike Dean brandished yellow for a coming together between Torres and Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen. Replays later showed the Chelsea forward seemingly gouging his rival in the face.
It remains unclear whether Dean booked Torres for raising his hands to Vertonghen's face or for the trip leading up to the incident, but if he confirms in his match report that it was for the trip, his case will be sent to a new independent disciplinary panel who will decide whether the Spaniard warranted a straight red.
Currently the Chelsea man will receive a one-game ban for his sending off but he could face a further three games on the sidelines if the panel rule against him.
Both of Torres' bookings came after incidents involving Vertonghen, with the pair enjoying an on-going battle for much of the game.
Replays suggested the Chelsea forward's second booking was harsh, something Frank Lampard agreed with after the game.
“In the end we were disappointed to get just a point," the midfielder said. If we’d kept 11 men on the pitch we felt we would have won the game.”
“I didn’t see it clearly but apparently it wasn’t a sending off. He looks very sharp and competitive which is what you want. He caused Tottenham lots of problems with his pace and direct play. He was unlucky not to get a goal and to be sent off.”