Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has hit out at the FA’s decision not to punish Fernando Torres for his part in an altercation with Jan Vertonghen as a “disgrace” and a "joke".
The Spanish striker could have been hit with a three-game ban by the FA’s new independent disciplinary panel after he appeared to scratch Vertonghen in the face during Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Saturday.
However it was announced yesterday that Torres would face no further action despite the FA admitting in its statement that “one of the match officials saw the coming together of the two players, albeit not in its entirety.”
Villas-Boas, speaking ahead of Tottenham’s Europa League tie against Anzhi Makhachkala tomorrow night, was unhappy with the decision to let Torres off the hook.
"It's extremely difficult to know where to start,” he told reporters in Moscow.
"Obviously, it is almost a farcical decision. It doesn't matter to me which player or club is involved.
"Neither do I want to with my words put into question Fernando's integrity; neither their manager's, in trying to defend what is our position.
"I think the FA has made a decision almost a joke. It looks incredible. How can you see the images, pretty clear, and come out without punishment, on something which overtakes all professional behaviour?
"I think the decision is a disgrace. If the committee can't solve such clear images I don't think it sets out a good first example.
"I think the FA has lost all opportunity to put some sense into the images everybody saw."
Torres will now serve a one-game ban for being sent off later on in the game at White Hart Lane, although he faces a lengthier spell on the sidelines after picking up a knee injury in Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Steaua Bucharest in Romania last night.