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Chelsea furious despite reduction to Matic’s 3-match suspension

Chelsea are furious despite the Football Association reducing Nemanja Matic’s three-match suspension to only two-games, with the club launching an attack in attempt to change the refereeing system, according to report from the Express.

The Premier League leaders are set to also ask for support from other teams in the league to help change the rules in regards to retrospective action after an incident during a game.

In last weekend’s clash between Chelsea and Burnley, Matic was sent off for shoving Ashley Barnes to the ground following a horrific challenge from the Clarets striker, with the FA slapping a three-match ban on the Serbian.

The Blues promptly appealed to the suspension and had the punishment knocked down to two games, but were still unhappy that Matic will definitely be out of this Sunday’s Capital One Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur.

“Chelsea are extremely disappointed and frustrated that the Commission decided not to reduce Matic’s suspension to the maximum extent permitted,” said an official statement from the club.

Because referee Martin Atkinson did see the tackle by Barnes on Matic, the Blues were unable to overturn the decision made by the official.

The fact that Barnes also escaped with no punishment is set to push Chelsea to seek refereeing changes in order to protect their players from severe injury.

“There has been universal condemnation of the reckless challenge by Barnes on Matic and it is the club’s view that he has been unjustly punished with a two-match ban for his reaction to a career-threatening tackle.

“Referees and the football authorities must do more to protect players from dangerous challenges. This decision demonstrates a need for consistency and fairness in the disciplinary process.”

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