FA's failure to ban Yaya Toure bound to incur Jose Mourinho's wrath

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will be an unhappy man as the FA refused to take action against Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure.

Toure was involved in an off the ball altercation during Saturday's 0-0 draw with Norwich City, as the Ivorian kicked out at Canaries striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel late into the game. City's frustration was building as they failed to break down a tough Norwich side, and it culminated in Toure's kick – which went unnoticed by the referee.

When Chelsea boss Mourinho was asked about the situation, he replied; "If the FA defends football, he has to be suspended."

Furthermore, Mourinho was then asked if he would be upset if the FA failed to ban Toure, to which 'The Special One' responded; "Of course or it is the same for everybody else from now. Every player feels that if the referee doesn't see, I can do. It doesn't matter the cameras, it doesn't matter the consequences because if the referee doesn't see, I can do it."

The news is particularly shocking given that Craig Bellamy, who was involved in a similar altercation with Swansea City midfielder Jonathan de Guzman, has been charged by the FA, but Toure has got away without any sort of reprimand.

Now, with Toure free to play when he should've been banned for three games for violent conduct, Mourinho will no doubt be seething. City are a direct title rival for the Blues, and missing a key player like Toure would've been huge for Chelsea's chances of opening up a lead at the top of the Premier League table - while the midfielder also would have missed the FA Cup clash, against Chelsea.

But now, the former Barcelona man will be involved, and City will be looking to put disappointing results against Chelsea and Norwich behind them and get their title challenge back on track.

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