Chelsea 'appalled' at slight cut in Matic's ban
Chelsea were left "extremely disappointed and frustrated" yesterday after midfielder Nemanja Matic's three-game ban was only reduced to two by the English Football Association.
Matic - who will miss Sunday's League Cup final against Tottenham and next Wednesday's league game at West Ham - was sent off for pushing Ashley Barnes after the Burnley striker had caught him with a late tackle during last Saturday's 1-1 Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge.
A statement on Chelsea's website, published under the headline "Chelsea FC appalled with the FA's decision on Matic," said: "[We are] extremely disappointed and frustrated that the FA Regulatory Commission has today decided not to reduce [the] suspension to the maximum extent permitted under FA rules.
"The football authorities must do more to protect players at all levels of the game from dangerous challenges.
"This decision also clearly demonstrates a need for consistency and fairness in the disciplinary process. The club awaits the FA's written reasons, prior to commenting further."