Elliott in the Clear
Wade Elliott has been cleared by the FA and will not therefore face a FA charge and ban following a clash with Blackburn's French defender, Pascal Chimbonda on Sunday in the local derby against Blackburn. The incident happened shortly after Robbie Blake scored in the 5th minute.
Elliott was alleged to have planted his foot into the face of Chimbonda; an incident which went unnoticed by the referee and the other officials.
The fear was that Chris Foy, the referee of the derby, after being asked to look at the video footage by the FA, might have decided that it was a red card offence thus condemning Wade Elliott to a ban and fine.
However a FA spokesperson said:
"Mr Foy said that based on the footage he has seen and taking the cirumstances into consideration, he cannot say for sure he would have shown a red card. Under the rules we are only permited to take retrospective action if the referee says he would have shown a red card. On that basis we will not take any further action against Wade Elliott."
Well done Wado and thank you Mr Foy!