Ramires expected to face FA action

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has said that he expects Chelsea midfielder Ramires to face retrospective action from the Football Association, according to Sky Sports.

The Brazilian was involved in an off-the-ball incident with Sunderland’s Sebastian Larsson in which the former appeared to strike the latter in the face with his arm.

As match referee Mike Dean did not see the incident during the game between the two sides, Gallagher expects the FA to take action after reviewing the incident.

“He has no defence,” said Gallagher of the Ramires clash. “Larsson’s body shields the offence because the referee is looking at their feet. Because he did not see it this opens the way for the FA to take action.

“The worst scenario there would have been if the referee had guessed and the yellow card comes out, that would have closed the door to any further action. But Mike Dean has not seen it.

“When they are running it looks as though Larsson is trying to trip him and the referee looks away because the ball has gone. He’s looking away and playing advantage because the ball has gone and that is why he did not see the offence.

“I would be very surprised if Ramires is not charged and he will be suspended.”

Sunderland won the match 2-1 which ended Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s 78-match unbeaten streak at Stamford Bridge.

In the end the match was decided by a late penalty which was just one of a number of controversial incidents and decisions involved in the game.

“I can understand why it was given,” added Gallagher. “The assistant raises his flag. I thought he had taken him with his trailing leg.

“To show you how difficult that decision is; you could put 100 people in front of us here and the vote would be 50-50 – that is how difficult that decision was. The assistant saw it once, from one angle; he genuinely thinks that the player has been brought down and I can understand him thinking that.”

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