Over the last few years, the FA’s disciplinary decisions have come under much scrutiny, in particular for scandals involving names such as John Terry and Luis Suarez, with the most recent involving Fernando Torres' scratch on Jan Vertonghen’s face last weekend in a hotly-contested London derby.
Although in most of these cases the FA has taken action, what they did eventually do was too inconsistent. Indeed, Suarez received a ten-match ban for his attempt to chew at Branislav Ivanovic’s arm, probably a fair sentence for such physical abuse, whereas John Terry only received a ban of four matches.
On the other hand, when Suarez racially abused Evra he received an eight-match ban, something even the most hardcore Chelsea fans will understand is incomprehensible.
Given that all this happened last season, you would think that the FA would have learned from their mistakes, but instead they brought in a piece of legislation about retrospective viewing from the disciplinary committee that made absolutely no sense as it means that they can only impose sanctions if no officials have seen the offence.
That backfired on Tuesday when the FA were unable to impose any punishment on Torres, even though he would have easily deserved something more than the red card he eventually received during a difference incident.
Therefore, the FA must either improve their consistency under the same laws or modify those laws.
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