AVB calls FA decision a “joke”


Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has slammed the FA’s decision not to ban Fernando Torres for scratching Jan Vertonghen.

It was plain to see that Torres fully meant to raise his hands to Vertonghen and has now managed to escape any further punishment, which AVB correctly describes as a “joke”.

As one of the match officials saw the incident, no action could be taken under FA rules – a decision that infuriated Villas-Boas.

“It’s extremely difficult to know where to start,” the Portuguese said, speaking ahead of the Europa League clash with Anzhi Makhachkala.

“Obviously, it is almost a farcical decision. It doesn’t matter to me which player or club is involved.

“Neither do I want to, with my words, put into question Fernando’s integrity; neither their manager’s, in trying to defend what is our position.

“I think the FA has made a decision almost a joke. It looks incredible.

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

“I think the decision is a disgrace. If the committee can’t solve such clear images I don’t think it sets out a good first example and 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, but I think the FA has lost all opportunity to put some sense into the images everybody saw.

“I’m extremely 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.”

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  1. Thanks AVB, this decision is a cruel JOKE and a disgrace to football. Its a bigger shame that Mourinho supports Torres and calls this English culture which I find cynical as English culture promotes civil behavior. Looking back at the Suarez case where the ref saw the incident but didn't see the offense and then the camera evidence was used to punish Suarez and Liverpool…Isn't this double standard? The FA committee have totally lost it!

    • Vertonghen will get more marks on his face shaving tomorrow.
      I can't imagine Dave Mackay or Ron Harris squealing about someone giving them a little scratch. They'd just bide their time and get their own back when it suits them.

    • @chelsa footballclub.
      Just cant have a sensible discussion with thoughts like that. Lets just stick the one issue. Do you think what Torres did was OK and you have no problem with it. Forget whatever you perceive Vertongen did.

  2. I know a much better joke than the one AVB is talking about.
    Did you hear the one about Chelsea finishing above Tottenham in the Premier League for SIXTEEN of the last SEVENTEEN seasons?
    And the punchline?
    Those seventeen years include seven that came before Abramovich took over Chelsea. Which means with or without money, Chelsea is laughing at Tottenham.
    Now THAT'S worth a good laugh!

  3. The face scratching was childish and a bit girly, yes. Match ban, maybe? But vertigo vertonghen WAS diving. Watch the footage, its clear to see. But im not excusing torres at all, just stating fact.

  4. torres dived just as much he was only looking at Vertonghen and after the crash he rolled around holding his hands around his head to.. Torres is not worthy of playing in the premier league..

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