FA to take no action over Barnes tackle

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The Football Association (FA) will not take action against Burnley's Ashley Barnes following his challenge on Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Matic was sent off for his reaction to Barnes' heavy tackle, after the Burnley man mistimed his challenge and caught the Serbia international on the knee.

After Matic reacted angrily, shoving Barnes to the ground, there had been suggestions that the FA would look at whether the initial challenge warranted retrospective action.

However, as the incident was seen by match officials, the FA confirmed there would be no further action taken against Barnes.

"FA clarification on the incident involving Burnley’s Ashley Barnes and Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic to follow," read the first of five tweets from the FA.

"In the vast majority of challenges for the ball, no retrospective action is taken as the incident has been seen by the match officials.

"Retrospective action introduced as deterrent for ‘off the ball incidents’ [e.g. kicks, stamps etc.] committed out of sight of officials.

"[The] whole game in agreement that, in vast majority of cases, match officials are best-placed to deal with incidents to avoid re-refereeing.

"In line with this rationale, FA confirm no further action in relation to Ashley Barnes as incident was seen by the officials."

The incident was one of many in the game that irked Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who made no secret of his frustration at some of the officials' decisions.

Mourinho discussed a number of incidents that occurred during the game where he felt his side were poorly treated, describing Barnes' tackle as "criminal".