Fernando Torres could be give a four-match ban by the FA should they decide to retrospectively punish the Spaniard for an off-the-ball incident that occurred in the game between Tottenham and Chelsea on Saturday.
The incident occurred in the second half as Torres reached out and scratched Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen’s cheek after the two had just gone for the same ball.
Although Torres was later sent off, referee Mike Dean did not take any action against Torres at the time for the scratching offence, which means that the video can now be assessed by the FA’s independent disciplinary commission and Torres’ ban could be retrospectively increased from one match to four.
Torres’ sending off came just as the Spaniard looked to be displaying signs of his former self, overcoming his poor goal scoring form of just three goals in his last 23 Premier League appearances.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes he is now beginning to get the best of Torres, and heaped praise on the Spaniard’s performance on Saturday. Speaking at a press
conference, Mourinho said: "Fernando is very strong, Physically, I think he's living a very
"I was watching Fernando's matches for Chelsea in other seasons and it looked to me, a
bit heavy, a little slow. Fernando now looks in fantastic shape.”
Mourinho added: "He played a very good game. He knows what I think, I don't have to tell him. He knows I'm very happy with his performances. He knows already."
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