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Saturday 16 December 2017

Burnley star Ashley Barnes to face no action over Matic challenge

Chelsea's Nemanja Matic, centre, was incensed by Ashley Barnes' challenge
Chelsea's Nemanja Matic, centre, was incensed by Ashley Barnes' challenge
Ashley Barnes, Burnley

Burnley's Ashley Barnes will face no disciplinary action for his challenge on Nemanja Matic, the English Football Association has confirmed.

Barnes put in a full-blooded tackle on the Blues midfielder during Saturday's 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, leaving his foot up and studs showing as he made contact with Matic's leg.

Having initially gone to ground in pain, the Serbian ran towards Barnes and bundled him to the ground, earning a red card from referee Martin Atkinson.

Chelsea are reportedly set to appeal against Matic's three-game ban, but manager Jose Mourinho had also suggested that action should be taken against Barnes, who was not even cautioned.

But the English FA revealed on Twitter that it would not be punishing the Clarets forward.

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