Chelsea striker Torres facing four-game ban under new FA system

The new disciplinary system introduced this season by the Football Association could lead to Chelsea striker Fernando Torres receiving a four-game ban for his red card against Tottenham Hotspur, the Daily Telegraph has claimed.

Torres will receive a minimum one-game ban for the red card itself and a further three for violent conduct is a possible outcome of the Spain international’s hearing. Torres was first booked for tripping Jan Vertonghen and later shown a second yellow card after his arm caught Vertonghen in an aerial challenge, but he also grabbed the Belgium international by the face and appeared to dig his fingernails into the Spurs player.

Referee Mike Dean will be asked to clarify for what Torres was shown a second yellow card – and if Dean confirms he did not book Torres for the aftermath of the second incident, an independent panel will convene and could cite Torres for violent conduct. A three game ban would then be imposed, ruling Torres out of matches against Norwich City, Cardiff City, Manchester City and, in the League Cup, Arsenal.

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