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Chelsea FURIOUS With FA Over Nemanja Matic Ban Reduction

The Stamford Bridge outfit are fuming…

Chelsea have expressed their fury at the FA’s decision not to fully rescind the three-match ban given to Nemanja Matic for his red card against Burnley on Saturday.

The Premier League title leaders challenged the suspension issued to their star midfielder, feeling the sending off was unjust given the potential career-ending tackle by Ashely Barnes that Matic reacted to.

The FA responded by reducing the ban from three games to two, but Chelsea are not impressed.

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The Stamford Bridge club released a statement on their official website on Tuesday afternoon.

It read: “The Chelsea Football Club Board is extremely disappointed and frustrated that the FA Regulatory Commission has today decided not to reduce Nemanja Matic’s suspension to the maximum extent permitted under FA rules.”

“There has been universal condemnation of the reckless challenge made by Ashley Barnes on Matic and it is the club’s view that he has been unjustly punished with a two-match ban for his reaction to a career-threatening tackle,” they continued.

“It is Chelsea’s opinion that referees and the football authorities must do more to protect players at all levels of the game from dangerous challenges. This decision also clearly demonstrates a need for consistency and fairness in the disciplinary process.”

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