News broke today that Chelsea’s appeal of Matic’s red card for violent conduct in Sautrday’s 1-1 draw with Burnley has been partially upheld. The board could have reduced the ban to 1 game which would mean Matic would only miss the League Cup Final against Tottenham on Sunday. Instead of the automatic 3 game ban, the FA has agreed to knock the suspension down to 2, meaning Matic will also be unavailable for the Premier League fixture against West Ham next Wednesday at Upton Park.
The decision seems fair in my opinion. The reaction Matic had to Barnes while inexcusable is understandable due to the incredibly awful nature of the challenge, which did not see Barnes booked or punished in any manner. The 1 game ban would put it on the level of a professional foul which it most certainly is not due to its retaliatory nature, but it does allow the showing of some sympathy in what was a horrific, possible career ending tackle on the Chelsea player.
Barnes on the other hand was cleared of any punishment for the challenge at the hands of the FA just yesterday.