Chelsea striker escapes FA ban

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Chelsea's Fernando Torres has escaped action from the FA over scratching the face of Tottenham's Dutch defender Jan Vertonghen.

The incident took place in Chelsea's 1-1 draw at Tottenham, when Torres raked his fingers across the face of the Spurs defender. Torres will now only serve a one-game ban following his red card during the game.

The FA statement reads:

"The FA will take no action against Chelsea’s Fernando Torres in relation to an incident involving Tottenham Hotspur's Jan Vertonghen which occurred in the 50th minute of their match on Saturday 28 September 2013.

"One of the match officials saw the coming together of the two players, albeit not in its entirety.

"In these particular circumstances, in line with The FA’s policy on when retrospective action may be taken, reviewed this summer by the game’s stakeholders (the Premier League, the Football League, the Professional Footballers’ Association, the League Managers’ Association, Professional Game Match Officials Limited and the National Game), no action may be taken."

Torres received a second yellow card for another incident involving Vertonghen, and will miss Chelsea's trip to Norwich City at the weekend. The striker is lucky not to receive further punishment after he was clearly seen to have dragged his fingers across the defender's face.

Chelsea travel to Steaua Bucharest this Wednesday in the Champions League and Torres is expected to play a part. Fellow strikers Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba are out of favour at Stamford Bridge, and young Belgian Romelu Lukaku is on loan at Everton.

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