Villas-Boas: FA decision to let Torres off is a ‘disgrace’ and a ‘joke’

Andre Villas-Boas has labelled the FA's decision not to punish Fernando Torres for scratching Jan Vertonghen as "a joke"

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Jan Vertongthen clashed with Fernando Torres on Saturday Photo: The Sport Review

Andre Villas-Boas has labelled the Football Association’s decision not to punish Fernando Torres for scratching Jan Vertonghen as a “joke” and a “disgrace”.

The governing body opted not to take any retrospective action over the incident during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea at White Hart Lane, when the Spaniard was pictured scratching Vertonghen in the face in the second half.

Torres was shown a second yellow card later in the match after another clash with the Spurs defender, but Villas-Boas was left fuming with the FA’s decision not to punish the Chelsea striker, who will only serve a one-game suspension.

“It’s extremely difficult to know where to start,” Villas-Boas said.

“Obviously, almost a farcical decision. It doesn’t matter to me which player or club is involved. I think the FA’s decision is almost a joke. It looks incredible.

“How can you see the images, pretty clear, and come out without punishment, on something as overtakes all professional behaviour?

“I think the decision is a disgrace.

“We don’t want Fernando suspended because it can make them weaker, because their bench is so strong, but I think the FA has lost all opportunity to put some sense into the images everybody saw.”

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