Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic has suspension reduced to two games
Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic’s suspension has been reduced from three matches to two, the Football Association has announced.
Matic was sent off for pushing Ashley Barnes after the Burnley striker had caught the Blues midfielder high on his shin with a late tackle during Saturday’s 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho defended Matic’s reaction and branded Barnes’ challenge as "criminal", but his protests have not spared his player from a spell on the sidelines.
"An appeal by Chelsea that the three-match suspension for Nemanja Matic is excessive has been upheld by an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today [Tuesday 24 February 2015]," a statement on the FA’s website read.
"The player was dismissed for violent conduct during the game against Burnley on Saturday 21 February 2015.
"The Regulatory Commission has reduced the Chelsea midfielder’s suspension to two matches, to be served with immediate effect."
Matic will miss Sunday’s Capital One final against Tottenham and next Wednesday’s Premier League encounter at West Ham.