Blow for Chelsea as star midfielder is set to miss Capital One Cup Final

Chelsea have received a body blow in their preparations for the Capital One Cup final against Tottenham as English Tabloid Guardian reports that Nemanja Matic will miss Sunday’s showpiece clash.

The Blues are expected to appeal to the Football Association over the Serbian’s red card against Burnley in the weekend. Matic was sent off by referee Martin Atkinson for pushing Ashley Barnes during the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The report states that Atkinson had failed to notice Barnes’ horrific tackle on Matic which prompted a violent reaction from the latter. Chelsea though are right to be incensed as the FA have decided not to take any action on Barnes and have opted to appeal Matic’s sentence on the grounds of excessive sentence.

It is believed that the Blues are backed by owner Roman Abramovic and are expected to cite a majority of incidents in their attempt to rescind Matic’s three-game ban. The London side have until 1pm (British Standard Time) on Tuesday to put their case forward.

But will there be light at the end of the tunnel for the Stamford Bridge outfit? It is reported that decision might not be overturned and even if it is reduced, Matic is expected to miss the final.

Similar Incident: There was also a controversy during Tottenham’s 2-2 draw against West Ham on Sunday as Jan Vertonghen reacted to a challenge from Mark Noble on Nabil Bentaleb. The defender reacted by pushing Noble to the ground but the referee punished neither of the two players. As things stand, Vertonghen is set to on Sunday.

In fact former referees’ chief, Keith Hackett slammed Atkinson’s shambolic decisions:

“Martin Atkinson’s performance in the Chelsea versus Burnley game was not worthy of any referee at any level. It was an incompetent display and one of the worst I have ever seen in a game of football.”

Writing in his blog, Hackett claimed, “In the 30th minute, Burnley’s Ashley Barnes committed a foul challenge on Branislav Ivanovic. It was penalised by Atkinson, but to my amazement there was no disciplinary sanction. Barnes should have been dismissed, as it was a clear red card offence.”

“Why did Atkinson not sanction with a red card? It is the question his boss Mike Riley, general manager and a director of the PGMOL, should be asking. The PGMOL manager will no doubt respond in the usual manner by keeping silent. He is currently responsible for the rapid decline in refereeing standards that we are witnessing.”

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