Yaya Touré has escaped a violent conduct charge from the Football Association for appearing to kick out at Norwich City's Ricky van Wolfswinkel. José Mourinho is dismayed at the decision, Chelsea's manager having stated that if the Manchester City midfielder was not suspended then it would offer a licence to everyone to "do what they want".
The Cardiff City forward Craig Bellamy will, though, have to answer a violent conduct charge for allegedly hitting Swansea City's Jonathan de Guzman during Saturday's 3-0 derby defeat.
Regarding Touré, a three-man FA panel of former elite referees decided the Manchester City midfielder had no case to answer for the incident that occurred during the goalless draw at the weekend.
Before the verdict, Mourinho dismissed any notion that Touré would not face a charge. "I don't understand why it would be an if," he said. "If he's not suspended, the message is clear: players can do what they want as long as the referee doesn't see it. Of course I would be [disappointed if he was not sanctioned].
"But if he is not, it has to be the same for everyone: if the referee doesn't see, a player can do whatever he wants. It doesn't matter about cameras or others seeing. I can do whatever I want."
The decision, though, was well received by Van Wolfswinkel, who tweeted: "Good to see Toure not getting suspended. Players like him belong on the pitch!"
Bellamy faces a potential three-match ban after he was unanimously adjudged by the referees' panel of having committed a sending-off offence, the criteria by which the Welshman could be charged. Touré did not receive a unanimous vote from the panel, so has escaped a hearing.
Bellamy has until 6pm on Tuesday to respond to the charge. If he accepts it he will miss Tuesday night's game at home to Aston Villa and further home matches against Wigan in the FA Cup and Hull City in the league. Cardiff's manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, said before the charge was announced that the incident was "absolutely nothing".
The FA said: "Under a new pilot project in Premier League matches this season, if an incident has not been seen by the match officials, a three-man panel of former elite referees will be asked by the FA to review it and advise what, if any action, they believe the match referee should have taken had it been witnessed at the time.
"For an FA charge to follow, all three panel members must agree it is a sending-off offence. In this instance, the panel were of the unanimous decision that it was an act of violent conduct.
"The panel were also asked to review an incident involving Manchester City's Yaya Touré during the game against Norwich City on Saturday 8 February 2014. In this instance, the panel were not of the unanimous decision that it was an act of violent conduct."