The Football Association have confirmed no action will be taken against Jose Bosingwa over his kick at Liverpool substitute Yossi Benayoun during Chelsea's 2-0 defeat at Anfield on Sunday.
Referee Mike Riley, who had earlier sent off Frank Lampard in controversial circumstances, admitted that, while he had not seen Bosingwa's lunge, it had been spotted by assistant Mo Matadar.
The officials did not punish Bosingwa and, under FIFA law, the FA are prohibited from taking disciplinary action when incidents are seen at the time by the match officials.
The FA's decision is a major boost for Chelsea and Bosingwa, who had swiftly apologised for his actions.
"I apologise for what I did and it was never my intention to hurt him," said Bosingwa. "I know it was wrong and I apologise.
"It's always frustrating to lose big games and especially in this way. It was important to get points and not let Manchester United go. That didn't happen, so we are upset, but now we have to think about the next game."
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