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Chelsea set to appeal three-game suspension given to star midfielder

Chelsea are set to appeal the three-match suspension given to Nemanja Matic after the midfielder received a straight red for his reaction to a tackle from Burnley ace Ashley Barnes, according to reports from Goal.com.

Matic shoved Barnes to the ground following a career-ending challenge from the Clarets striker, with the Serbian shown a straight red and subsequently set to be banned for three games, which includes this weekend’s Capital One Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur.

Now the Premier League leaders have until 1 pm GMT on Tuesday to appeal the decision, however Blues manager Jose Mourinho believes that there is no chance that his side can ever have the suspension lifted.

Prompted whether Matic deserved the red card, he said: “Have you ever seen Chelsea win an appeal?”

The ‘Special One’ also had some harsh words for Barnes, who Mourinho claims could have ended his defensive midfielder’s career.

“I don’t have the adjective for Barnes. This is the end of [a] career. Matic is a lucky guy. I cannot find the word to describe what that player did,” he said.

“Football is about emotions and clearly Matic had a reason to lose his emotions. What are the consequences of the Matic push for the other player? Nothing.

“The consequence for Matic could be end of career. When probably they are going to give three matches [as a suspension] to Matic, you tell me how many matches [Barnes] deserves.”

The 26-year-old has become an integral part in Chelsea’s brilliant season, playing as the enforcer alongside summer signing Cesc Fabregas in Mourinho’s double-pivot midfield.

Article title: Chelsea set to appeal three-game suspension given to star midfielder

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