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Chelsea Set To Appeal Nemanja Matic Sending Off

Matic was sent off following his emotional reaction to a bad Ashley Barnes challenge on Saturday.

Chelsea Football Club have decided to appeal Nemanja Matic’s sending off after Jose Mourinho said he wasn’t interested in challenging the decision, according to BBC Sport’s David Ornstein.

Matic was on the end of a potentially leg-breaking tackle by Burnley’s Ashley Barnes, but it was the Chelsea midfielder who was sent off for his aggressive reaction to the challenge.

A three match ban is the automatic repercussion for violent conduct which means that Matic would miss the League Cup final, West Ham away in the Premier League and a home fixture against Southampton.

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The decision to appeal is a risk for the club because if it’s deemed “frivolous”, which would seem likely when analysing Matic’s reaction in isolation, then under FA rules the ban will become four matches.

It seems as though Chelsea are confident they can build case to get Matic’s red-card rescinded, but any failure in the process will have damaging consequences.

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