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Andre Villas-Boas Slams FA’s Fernando Torres Decision As A Joke And Disgrace

andre villas boas Andre Villas Boas Slams FAs Fernando Torres Decision As A Joke And Disgrace

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has slammed The FA’s decision not to ban Fernando Torres after the incident that happened in the London derby on Saturday where the Spaniard clawed Jan Vertonghen’s face.

At his press conference today, Villas-Boas said:

“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.

“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 behavior?

“I think the decision is a disgrace. 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 strong, 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 no tolerable in football.”

Stemming from the incident that happened between Tottenham and Chelsea on Saturday, The FA decided not to take further action, so Torres will not receive a further ban.

Here’s a GIF of the incident:

torres vertonghen Andre Villas Boas Slams FAs Fernando Torres Decision As A Joke And Disgrace

What’s your opinion about Andre Villas-Boas’s comments? Is he correct in what he’s saying, or did The FA make the right decision? Have your say in the comments section below.

H/T Feint Zebra.


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