Andre Villas-Boas has branded the Football Association’s decision not to further charge Chelsea striker Fernando Torres as a “disgrace”
Torres and Vertonghen engaged in a running battle throughout the London derby that eventually came to a head when the Spaniard was dismissed following an aerial challenge with the Belgian. The players came together after the incident and Torres appeared to scratch at Vertonghen, leading to the suggestion that Torres could be facing a charge of violent conduct, which would carry an extra three match ban.
The FA confirmed on Wednesday, however, that they would not be citing Torres for violent conduct as one of the team of officials had seen the episode with Vertonghen and no further action could be taken. But the explanation mattered little to Villas-Boas, who raged: “It’s extremely difficult to know where to start.
“Obviously, it is almost a farcical decision. It doesn’t matter to me which player or club is involved. “Neither do I want to with my words put into question Fernando’s integrity; neither their manager’s, in trying to defend what is our position. I think the FA has made a decision almost a joke. It looks incredible.
“How can you see the images, pretty clear, and come out without punishment, on something (which) overtakes all professional behaviour?,” Villas-Boas asked.
The match eventually finished 1-1 after Gylfi Sigurdsson gave Spurs the lead at White Hart Lane, only for Chelsea captain John Terry to level the scores in the second-half by converting a Juan Mata free-kick.
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