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Torres escapes further ban

1 October 2013 17:05

The Football Association will not take any retrospective action against Chelsea's Fernando Torres following his dismissal at Tottenham.

Torres was dismissed in the second half of the 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane, after twice clashing with Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen.

The Spain international first received a booking after tripping Vertonghen in the 50th minute, before scratching the centre-back's face in an incident apparently unseen by referee Mike Dean.

Vertonghen and Torres came together again nine minutes from time, with the former Liverpool striker shown a second yellow card by Dean following an aerial collision.

Reports had suggested that the FA could hand Torres a four-match ban for his initial altercation with the Belgium international, but the governing body has elected not to impose any further punishment.

A statement on the FA website read: "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, no action may be taken."

Torres will miss just one game as a result of his dismissal, with the 29-year-old unavailable for their upcoming Premier League clash at Norwich City on Saturday.

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