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Manchester City's Yaya Toure was spared a three-match ban despite appearing to kick Norwich City's Ricky van Wolfswinkel

Manchester City's Yaya Toure was spared a three-match ban despite appearing to kick Norwich City's Ricky van Wolfswinkel

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Manchester City's Yaya Toure was spared a three-match ban despite appearing to kick Norwich City's Ricky van Wolfswinkel

Jose Mourinho has accused the English FA of encouraging off-the-ball anarchy in the Premier League after Yaya Toure was spared a three-match ban despite appearing to kick Norwich City's Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

With Andy Carroll currently serving a three-match ban and Cardiff City's Craig Bellamy charged retrospectively yesterday for violent conduct, West Ham are also furious at the Toure verdict and suspect that the big clubs are being favoured by the football authorities.

Toure appeared to deliberately kick out at Van Wolfswinkel during Manchester City's goalless draw against Norwich and, with the incident missed by referee Jon Moss, it was referred to the new video panel for potential retrospective action.

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The panel of three former elite referees did not unanimously agree that it constituted violent conduct that would have resulted in a straight red card.

Asked before the verdict how he would feel if Toure was not banned, Mourinho said: "I don't understand why you say 'if'?

"If he's not suspended, the message is clear: the players can do what they want if the referee doesn't see.

"If the FA defends football, he'd have to be suspended. If he is not, it has to be the same for everyone: if the referee doesn't see, a player can do whatever he wants. It doesn't matter about cameras or others seeing, I can do whatever I want."

The three-man video panel is in its pilot season in the Premier League. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent