Torres escapes retrospective action over Vertonghen incident

The Spain international will not receive any further punishment from the Football Association after he grabbed and scratched the Tottenham defender's face in Saturday's encounter
Fernando Torres will not face retrospective action over an incident with Jan Vertonghen during Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Saturday, the Football Association has confirmed.

The Blues striker faced the prospect of having his one-match ban extended by a further three games, however the FA will not be taking any further action against the Spaniard after the fracas was spotted by a match official.

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"The FA will take no action against Chelsea’s Fernando Torres in relation to an incident involving Tottenham Hotspur's Jan Vertonghen which occurred in the 50th minute of their match on Saturday 28 September 2013," read a statement from the FA.

"One of the match officials saw the coming together of the two players, albeit not in its entirety.

"In these particular circumstances, in line with The FA’s policy on when retrospective action may be taken, reviewed this summer by the game’s stakeholders (the Premier League, the Football League, the Professional Footballers’ Association, the League Managers’ Association, Professional Game Match Officials Limited and the National Game), no action may be taken."

The 29-year-old was sent off later in the match after another incident with Vertonghen, prompting Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to hit out the Belgium international.

The dismissal means Torres will miss Chelsea’s trip to face Norwich in the Premier League on Sunday.