FA closes rules loophole

The loophole that saw Fernando Torres avoid sanctions for scratching an opponent earlier this season has been closed under revised Football Association rules.

Last Updated: 07/11/13 at 17:32 Post Comment

Fernando Torres: Could have faced action for scratching Jan Vertonghen

Fernando Torres: Could have faced action for scratching Jan Vertonghen

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From November 22, the FA will have the power to charge players even if match officials have seen part of the incident.

Chelsea striker Torres escaped punishment for the incident with Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen because it had been 'partially seen', even if the full seriousness of the actions were missed.

That case prompted new FA chairman Greg Dyke to act but had no bearing on Sascha Riether's three-match ban, levied on Wednesday for a stamp on Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj.

Riether was dealt with via a three-man panel of former elite referees which was brought in during the summer to look at video evidence in incidents missed by match officials.

Scott Field FA Head of Media Relations told Sky Sports News: "There are two extensions to the ability that the FA has had for a while to review 'not seen' incidents where the referee hasn't seen anything.

"That means they can go back retrospectively and base their judgement on what the video has shown after the event.

"What we're now looking to do in extending these regulations is to allow us to look at incidents that have happened secondary to a challenge for the ball - so where a referee has seen a coming together of players but may not have seen a secondary incident we now have the ability to review those incidents.

"Similarly if match officials have seen an incident but have not been able to view it to its fullest extent we're now able to take a view and look at that retrospectively."

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