No action to be taken against Alex

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The Independent Football

Chelsea defender Alex will not face disciplinary action over an alleged stamp on Everton's Tim Cahill in last night's Barclays Premier League game at Goodison Park.

Referee Phil Dowd was asked to review footage of the incident by the Football Association after no action was taken against the player on the field.

Alex appeared to bring his foot down on the Australian's thigh after being tackled but he will not face punishment.

A statement from the Football Association said: "Referee Phil Dowd confirmed to the FA today that he had not seen the incident at the time.

"He was subsequently requested to view footage of the incident. Having done so, Dowd informed the FA that, had he seen the incident, he would not have shown Alex a red card. On this basis, the FA will not be taking any disciplinary action."

The incident was one of a number talking points from the goalless draw, in which Chelsea captain John Terry was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Leon Osman.