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FA to take no action over Barnes incident

23 February 2015

Burnley Football Club can confirm that the FA will be taking no retrospective action against Ashley Barnes for the incident involving Nemanja Matic.

The FA tweeted to explain the decision: "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 was introduced as a deterrent for ‘off the ball incidents’ [e.g. kicks, stamps etc.] committed out of sight of officials.

"The whole game is 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."

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