Chelsea fans will welcome the knowledge that Fernando Torres has escaped any retrospective action from the F.A, following an incident involving Jan Vertonghen in Saturday's draw with Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

It was initially feared that the Football Association would choose to punish Torres for appearing to scratch Vertonghen across the face following a collision in which the Spurs defender went to ground.

But the powers that be will not charge Torres further and he will only get a one match ban, which is a result of the fact he was sent off in the game, not because of the incident with Vertonghen.

Had Torres been found guilty by the panel of referees, he would have been handed an additional three match ban and therefore forced to sit out of at least four matches.

But to the relief of Blues fans and the striker himself, the ban remained limited to only one match. 

The FA released a statement earlier today which explained their decision.

"One of the match officials saw the coming together of the two players, albeit not in its entirety.

"In these particular circumstances, in line with The FA's policy on when retrospective action may be taken, reviewed this summer by the game's stakeholders [the Premier League, the Football League, the Professional Footballers' Association, the League Managers' Association, Professional Game Match Officials Limited and the National Game], no action may be taken."

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