FA Chairman Dyke hints at changes to disciplinary rules after Torres-Vertonghen spat

Chairman of the Football Association Greg Dyke has admitted that Chelsea striker Fernando Torres should have been disciplined further for his actions towards Tottenham Hotspur’s Jan Vertonghen, Sky Sports has reported.

Torres was given a yellow card for what appeared to be scratching the Belgian international’s face during the London derby. The Spain forward was dismissed late on in the game for another incident involving the Spurs defender.

In conjunction with the current FA rules the Spanish striker, who is yet to find the net in the Premier League this season, cannot face any more action other than the one match ban as one of the officials saw the incident.

During the summer the FA altered the rules to make it easier to hand out retrospective bans after viewing video footage, but Dyke wants more changes and spoke today at the Leaders in Football conference.

When millions of fans watching on TV can see an incident like this and the FA does not take action it is understandably baffling to everybody and has to be addressed,” Dyke said.

For the FA’s disciplinary department to find itself in a position where it is not able to take action against an obvious scratch just can’t be right. What this means is, despite the rules being changed in the summer, they clearly weren’t changed enough. As FA chairman I don’t like to be in a position where I cannot explain the rules when action should be taken when something is pretty obvious.

It’s not the first time that changes have been called for in the disciplinary procedures that the FA employ. Chiefs at the FA were forced to make the summer changes after Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias called the procedure “not fit for purpose”, after Wigan’s Callum McManaman escaped punishment for a knee-high tackle on Newcastle’s Massadio Haidara last season.

Dyke replace David Bernstein as chairman of the FA in July 2013, after previously being chairman at Brentford.

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