No punishment for Barnes – FA

By on February 24, 2015

Sequel to the infamous challenge by Ashley Barnes on Nemanja Matic during Chelsea’s Premier League tie against Burnley last weekend, the FA has ruled that the Burnley man will not receive a ban for his alleged stamping. During the match which eventually ended in a 1-1 draw, Barnes hit out at Matic and for reacting furiously coupled with an apparent pushing, the Chelsea midfielder received his matching orders from the centre referee.

After a review of the incident, the FA decided that Nemanja Matic will also not receive more punishments apart from his dismissal which appeared to have deflated Chelsea’s chances of getting a win over Burnley to maintain their 7 point lead on the log as well as the 3-match ban that his straight red card earned him. Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho had earlier expressed his shock at Barnes’s challenge and labelled his actions as criminal.

Mourinho’s outburst has irked the concern of many soccer pundits prompting a full review into the incident but with the latest news from the Football Association, it is now confirmed that bordering on how the match referee saw the incident, no further action will be taken against any of the two players involved.

In a statement from the FA’s Twitter handle, it was revealed that ‘in a vast majority of challenges for the ball, no retrospective action is taken as the incident has been seen by the match officials.’

It will be recalled that retrospective actions were introduced to correct the anomalies in referee decisions as it concerns off the ball incidents such as kicks, stamps amongst other fouls which might have eluded the officials during the match. However, in a vast majority of cases, the match officials are still in the best place to deal with most of the incidents and such decisions will be based on how the officials perceive the action in the spur of the moment.

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