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The Football Association today confirmed Ashley Cole would not face further action for his shin-high tackle on Javier Hernandez.

Cole was booked for clattering into Hernandez as the striker shot wide in Manchester United’s 3-1 Premier League win over Chelseayesterday.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claimed Cole should have been sent off, with the tackle the type of offence for which a red card is often shown.

Under Fifa rules, Cole cannot be punished retrospectively because the officials took action to deal with the incident at the time.

Referee Phil Dowd elected to consult with his assistant yesterday before deeming a yellow card to be a sufficient sanction.

It was uncertain today how clear a view Dowd himself had of the offence, with the FA yet to receive his report from the game.

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has defended the England left-back and instead criticised the match officials claiming he might not have launched into a nasty tackle on Hernandez if they had got earlier decisions right at Old Trafford.

“Maybe he wouldn’t get sent off if the linesman does his work,” he said. “He would have been less emotionally drained. I work the other way round. You are trying to say the referee did something wrong. I cannot forget the previous two.

“If it was 0-0 maybe Ashley is a little bit more mentally in control of the situation and doesn’t do the red card foul that you mention.”

Source: Telegraph

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