Chelsea’s Cahill escapes retrospective punishment

Sky Sports understands Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is set to escape any retrospective punishment for an off the ball incident with Tottenham’s Harry Kane on New Year’s Day.

Referee Phil Dowd – heavily criticised by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho at the final whistle as his side crashed to a 5-3 loss – did not spot the incident where the England international appeared to kick his fellow countryman in the back while lying on the floor.

TV replays seemingly confirm Cahill’s guilt but it has been decided that he will face no further action whatsoever.

In a highly charged London derby Chelsea boss Mourinho targeted Dowd during his post-match comments but it also appears he will escape punishment for what he said.

The Portuguese was left incensed at the failure to award his side a penalty in the first half after the ball struck Jan Vertonghen as he fell in the penalty area – although many pundits including those on BBC’s Match of the Day disagreeing with the views of the Blues boss.

Mourinho said of Phil Dowd: “Mr Dowd is too slow to go with an incident with Eden Hazard – he was 40 yards away.

“He made the right decision, so that’s good, but he couldn’t make the decision that was 10 metres away in the first half – a crucial moment of the game.

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