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Toure not charged for violent conduct, will be free to face Chelsea this weekend

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Jose Mourinho will not be pleased

Shaun Botterill

Yaya Toure will not be charged with violent conduct, despite calls from Jose Mourinho and others to do so. Toure appeared to kick Norwich City's Ricky van Wolfswinkel on Saturday, an incident missed by the referees but captured on camera.

This means that Toure will not be facing a suspension, and will be available for the next three matches. The second of those matches is Saturday against Chelsea, and Toure's absence would decrease their chances of winning.

Despite that, I'm actually ok with this particular incident not receiving a three-match ban, as that would seem a bit excessive. In my opinion, this is one of those situations where the FA would probably be better served by simply warning or fining the player, and letting him know that he's being watched closely from now on.

Neutral fans should be thrilled that he's available on Saturday, as this means that we'll likely see the Ivorian on the pitch with Nemanja Matic again. That was massively entertaining during the first meeting, and I can't wait to see it again.