Monday 19 February 2018

Chelsea 'appalled' at slight cut in Matic's ban

Chelsea's Nemanja Matic is shown a red card by referee Martin Atkinson 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
Chelsea's Nemanja Matic is shown a red card by referee Martin Atkinson 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
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

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."

Irish Independent

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