Chelsea appeal Matic red but Barnes to face no action

Chelsea are to appeal the red card shown to Nemanja Matic for his shove on Burnley’s Ashley Barnes, Sky Sports has reported, while Barnes will escape punishment for the challenge that drew the midfielder’s retaliation.

Matic was dismissed during the 1-1 draw between the sides at Stamford Bridge on Saturday when he bundled Barnes to the ground after Barnes’ studs-up tackle. Referee Martin Atkinson showed Matic the red card but took no action against Barnes for the initial incident, and the FA have on Monday confirmed they will not be opening retrospective disciplinary proceedings.

Should Chelsea fail in their appeal then Matic’s three-game ban would stand, ruling him out of the Capital One Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday and Chelsea’s Premier League fixtures against West Ham, on March 4, and Southampton, at Stamford Bridge. The appeal is due to be heard in time for Matic to play at Wembley against Spurs, should it prove successful.

Chelsea were leading Burnley through a Branislav Ivanovic goal at the time Matic was sent off, the game ending level after Ben Mee scored a late equaliser against the 10 men. Blues boss Jose Mourinho described Barnes’ challenge as ‘career-ending’ in a weekend television appearance.

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