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Chelsea's Fernando Torres clashes with Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham

Fernando Torres could be handed three-game ban after Jan Vertonghen incident

Fernando Torres will face an additional three-match ban if the referee, Mike Dean, did not have a clear view of the Chelsea striker scratching Jan Vertonghen’s face during Saturday’s feisty 1-1 draw at Tottenham. Now that referees no longer submit details of bookings and sendings-off to the media after matches, it is unclear whether Torres received the first of his two yellow cards for his trip on Vertonghen or the incident that followed.

Red missed: Jordan Henderson says Suarez was ‘top-drawer’ against United

'Kevin Ball is exactly the kind of manager that my old team needs,' says Jordan Henderson

However mixed a reaction he may receive from his former fans at Sunderland today, Jordan Henderson knows there will be a warm welcome from the club's temporary manager. It will be mutual. Kevin Ball, who has been tasked with calming the waters after the storm-tossed era of Paolo Di Canio, was something of a mentor to the Liverpool midfielder in his early days at the Stadium of Light, as Henderson fondly recalled in the build-up to this afternoon's game.

Keep up with Jones: ‘It’s difficult making that transition from being more of a 100mph team to a chess team,’ says Kenwyne Jones (right)

Tony Pulis sacking stopped Stoke City players walking out

Former Black Cat Kenwyne Jones relates how Stoke players developed the Paolo Di Canio feeling over ex-manager's 'sky football'

Mourinho’s team had come from a goal down to dominate the second half and equalise before Torres was controversially shown a second yellow card nine minutes from the end

Chelsea's Jose Mourinho slams referee for red card and brands Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen 'a disgrace' after draw

Manager accuses Tottenham player of acting to fool officials and get Fernando Torres sent off to change the game

Fernando Torres is sent-off after receiving a second yellow card

Tottenham Hotspur 1 Chelsea 1 match report: All square in love and war for old allies

Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas share the points if not a drink as substitute Juan Mata turns the game and Jan Vertonghen does his  bit in Fernando Torres’s red card

Jose Mourinho speaks during a Chelsea press conference

Relaxed Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho answers his critics ‘footballistically’

After being told Chelsea had made their worst start to the Premier League in 10 years, Mourinho responds after 2-0 victory puts them top of the league

Bridge building: Oscar puts Chelsea ahead despite the effort of Kieran Richardson (left) to stop him

Chelsea 2 Fulham 0 match report: Blues uninspiring in climb to the top

Oscar and Mikel earn victory but Mourinho has much work to do

Pain in Spain: World Cup-winner Jesus Navas once gave up playing for his country because of homesickness

Jesus Navas makes himself at home at Manchester City

Being reluctant to stray too far from home is a problem for a modern footballer and there was a time when it threatened the career development of Jesus Navas.

Personal touch: Robin van Persie says he and Wayne Rooney 'are similar players in the way we are both all-round'

'I love playing with Wayne because he has got it all,' says Robin van Persie

Dutchman hopes fellow striker doesn't leave United because he reckons partnership will go from strength to strength

King Kong: Ledley King coaches children in Hong Kong with the Premier Skills and Creating Chances charity in July

Ledley: A King denied his chance to reign

Likened as a boy to Bobby Moore, former Tottenham defender is not bitter despite injury-hit career

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