Villas-Boas blasts FA over Torres

The Tottenham manager insists action should have been taken, regardless of whether the incident went unpunished by match officials who saw the collision during the game
Andre Villas-Boas has labelled the Football Association's decision to not suspend Fernando Torres for scratching Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen a joke and a farce.

The Spain international was handed a one-game ban for being sent off in Chelsea's 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane on Saturday, but he avoided further punishment after he raked his fingers down the face of the Belgian defender in an incident off the ball.

"It’s extremely difficult to know where to start. Obviously, it's almost a farcical decision. It doesn’t matter to me which player or club is involved," Villas-Boas told reporters.

"Neither do I want to with my words put into question Fernando’s integrity; neither their manager’s in trying to defend our position. I think the FA has made a decision that's almost a joke. It looks incredible.

"How can you see the images and come out without punishment on something that overtakes all professional behaviour?"

Villas-Boas believes that the lack of punishment handed to Torres sets a poor precedent when dealing with similar incidents and says the striker's actions should not be tolerated.

"I think the decision is a disgrace," he said.

"If the committee can’t solve such clear images I don’t think it sets a good first example.

"We’re not asking nobody to retract themselves; the player to retract themselves. That would not be fair.

"This is a competition and in the end they came up with what they thought was fair for that.

"We don’t want Fernando suspended because it can make them weaker because their bench is so strong, whoever comes in for them makes them even stronger, but I think the FA has lost the opportunity to put some sense into the images everybody saw.

"I’m grateful for ex-refs to be able to enlighten people a little bit more, though I think most of you guys saw the incident as something that is not tolerable in football."