Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Yaya Toure escapes FA punishment for kicking Norwich striker Wolfswinkel

Yaya Toure will not receive a ban despite appearing to kick Ricky Van Wolswinkel on Saturday afternoon.

The Manchester City midfielder seemed to kick out at the Norwich City attacker’s back close to the end of the weekend’s scoreless draw at Carrow Road.

However, the Football Association has decided not to punish Toure retrospectively, following a review conducted by a three-man panel of former referees.



Craig Bellamy, though, was not so lucky. The Cardiff City forward has been charged with violent conduct by the FA for striking Jonathan de Guzman during Swansea City’s 3-0 win over their South Wales rivals on Saturday.

The 34-year-old, who could receive a three-game ban, has until 18:00 GMT on Tuesday to respond to the charge.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insisted on Monday afternoon that Toure should face a suspension.

”If he’s not suspended, the message is clear: players can do what they want if the referee doesn’t see,” said the Chelsea manager.

”The message is normally that, if the FA defends football, he’d have to be suspended. I would be disappointed if he got off.

”If that happens, it’s the same for everyone – the view will be ‘if the referee doesn’t see, I can do whatever I want’, (and) ‘it doesn’t matter about cameras or others seeing me.” 

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