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FA chairman: Torres deserved ban

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FA chairman Greg Dyke has been left 'baffled', saying it's not right that Fernando Torres escaped discipline for his obvious scratch on Jan Vertonghen.

The Chelsea striker was given a one-match ban in line with the rules for receiving two yellow cards; however, many had expected the former Liverpool man to receive a further ban for suspension for the incident with Vertonghen.

The pair had been involved in a hot-tempered dual throughout the game, and it boiled over when Torres appeared to gouge the Tottenham defender, leaving the Belgium international with scratch marks across his neck. 

Referee Lee Probert had issued Torres with a yellow card for the incident and because of this the FA disciplinary committee opted not to issue any further punishment.

Dyke, however, was left disappointed by the decision and said the issue must be addressed,

"It can't be right for an obvious scratch on the face that Torres is not punished," Dyke said, speaking at a Leaders in Football conference.

"What this means is, despite the rules being changed in the summer, they clearly weren't changed enough when millions see this on TV and action is not taken. When millions of fans watching on TV can see an incident like this and the FA does not take action it is understandably baffling to everybody and has to be addressed.

"For the FA's disciplinary department to find itself in a position where it is not able to take action against an obvious scratch just can't be right. As FA chairman I don't like to be in a position where I cannot explain the rules when action should be taken when something is pretty obvious."

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, responded with a somewhat different viewpoint.

Predictably, the former Real Madrid manager applauded the decision as upholding the 'principles of the Premier League'.

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