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Chelsea set to appeal Nemanja Matic red card

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The FA will take no further action against Burnley ace Ashley Barnes after he was involved in a controversial incident with Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic at Stamford Bridge this past weekend, reports BBC Sport.

This has been confirmed by the club after it was revealed earlier today that Chelsea would be appealing the red card handed to Matic in the same incident. 

The 26-year-old, who has enjoyed a fine season under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, was shown a straight red for pushing down Barnes after being on the end of a horror tackle from the Burnley man.

To the shock of Blues supporters - and Jose Mourinho - Barnes wasn't even cautioned for the tackle, and the Blues boss recently slammed the challenge, insisting that it could have ended Matic's career.

Lucky Matic?

The Special One told reporters: "It could be the end of Matic's career. He is a very lucky guy.

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"Football is about emotions and clearly Nemanja Matic had a reason to lose his emotions.

"What are the consequences of his push? Nothing. The consequence for Matic from the tackle? It could be the end of his career."

On the challenge, the FA insisted that it was seen by match officials, which ultimately led to their decision to take no further action. 

The FA released a statement which read: "The FA confirm no further action in relation to Ashley Barnes as the incident was seen by the officials.

"In the vast majority of challenges for the ball, no retrospective action is taken as the incident has been seen by the match officials. 

"Retrospective action was introduced as a deterrent for 'off the ball incidents' committed out of sight of officials.

"The whole game is in agreement that, in the vast majority of cases, match officials are best-placed to deal with incidents to avoid re-refereeing."

The wrong call? 

There's no doubt about it, on this occasion, you have to feel sorry for Mourinho and Matic. At the end of the day, it was a horror challenge from the Burnley man and he was extremely lucky to get away with it.

The FA's decision to take no further action must anger Mourinho and Co., while they will certainly be hoping that Matic's ban is overturned. In truth, though, that's seemingly unlikely, which will no doubt frustrate the Blues faithful even further. 

Chelsea fans: Will Matic's ban get overturned? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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