Like much of his career at Chelsea, Fernando Torres could well have acted out of place at the wrong time.
For so long, we heard the refrain on Premier League incidents, that if the referee didn’t see it there is little that could be done.
Not this season.
Six minutes into the second half of Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Saturday, Fernando Torres and Jan Vertonghen clashed on the touchline with the Spaniard clawing at the Belgian’s face and nose.
Referee Mike Dean and his assistants missed the incident, due to the angle they were standing at and El Nino was booked for the initial trip on Vertonghen but should have probably been sent off.
If Dean’s report, set to be submitted today, confirms he missed Torres clawing at the Tottenham defender, then a three-man panel of former referees will consider retrospective punishment which could well see the Chelsea striker miss three games.
After playing so well at White Hart Lane, it would be a big blow to Torres to miss Chelsea’s domestic fixtures in October should the panel add three games to his already existing one-game ban for the later sending off at Spurs.
Should Fernando Torres receive further punishment for clawing at Jan Vertonghen’s face?
Footage of the Torres-Vertonghen incident is below.