Poll results: Football Association confirm Yaya Touré will not be cited for kicking Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel

Ricky Van Wolfswinkel of Norwich is angry with Yaya Touré of Man City after the pair clashed during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Ricky Van Wolfswinkel of Norwich is angry with Yaya Touré of Man City after the pair clashed during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, February 10, 2014
10:49 AM

The Football Association has confirmed it will not take retrospective action against Manchester City midfielder Yaya Touré following Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Carrow Road.

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Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel was enraged after Touré kicked him in the back in the closing stages of Saturday’s hard-fought stalemate.

The Dutchman rolled around on the floor in apparent pain, before leaping to his feet and making a beeline for the Ivorian powerhouse midfielder.

The Canaries striker, around three inches shorter than Touré, had to be held back by team-mate Leroy Fer as he charged forward to try and confront the former Barcelona man.

Neither were booked by referee John Moss but match highlights have shown Touré did kick out at van Wolfswinkel.

Ricky Van Wolfswinkel of Norwich is floored by Yaya Touré of Man City during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdRicky Van Wolfswinkel of Norwich is floored by Yaya Touré of Man City during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The kick had been described as no more than “petulant” by former Premier League referee Graham Poll, but Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho disagreed this lunchtime.

Mourinho, who of course has a vested interest in one of his side’s title rivals having one of their best players being potentially banned for three matches, said: “If he is not suspended the message is clear – you can do what you want. If the FA defends football he has to be suspended.”

You agreed with the Chelsea boss, with 69pc of readers voting in an online poll earlier today calling for Touré to be punished for his actions.

The FA has this afternoon announced that no retrospective action will be taken against Touré but has charged Cardiff City striker Craig Bellamy with violent conduct following what appeared to be a punch to the back of the head of Jonathan de Guzman during his side’s 3-0 loss at Swansea City on Saturday evening.

Ricky Van Wolfswinkel of Norwich is furious with Yaya Touré of Man City during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdRicky Van Wolfswinkel of Norwich is furious with Yaya Touré of Man City during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Former World Cup referee Poll, writing in his regular column for the Daily Mail and calling for Bellamy to be punished but not Touré, said: “Referees are asked for consistency and the governing body must do the same.

“That said, in these cases the FA should not take action against either player as neither incident is a major one or particularly violent.

“If they are going to step in on a consistent basis then they should only do so with clear and obvious incidents that the active match officials have missed.”

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Sebastien Bassong of Norwich has a stern word with Ricky Van Wolfswinkel of Norwich to try and calm him down during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdSebastien Bassong of Norwich has a stern word with Ricky Van Wolfswinkel of Norwich to try and calm him down during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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56 comments

  • Ethered yet again. Spot on leslie cater & LYB. Cromer Canary, you`re really into justice, aren`t you! ;-).

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Alan Shearer thought it wasnt anything to make a fuss about, rubbish, it was deliberate, and no way an accident. These players go out of their way to injure and should be banned for a month without pay.Hit them in the pocket, cos sitting on the subs bench on £150K a week isnt a penalty is it ?

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    Kenny

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • willb too! Excellent.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • This is Graham Poll remember. Constantly sparking arguments. End of the day Toure has broken a rule and should be punished. No different for Bellamy so I dont see his argument. They've been naughty, why should they get away with it when a system is in place to combat this.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Have you noticed, Refs decisions usually seem to favour the larger, richer clubs? Could this be because they want a job in football when they are no longer able to run for 90 minutes? Who employs more people – NCFC or Man City? Could explain a lot of the decisions we have seen this year!

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    norfolk1810

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Hardly a kick,more a gentle nudge reminder.What bothers me more is the actions of Winkle.From writhing around on the ground to suddenly up on his feet ready to take on the world.If there is one thing that angers me about football it's the cheating and they should know by now that with cameras at every match their every move can be scrutinised.Winkle was cheating.

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    Trevor Sadd

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Citeh's next three league games are against Sunderland, Stoke and Villa. Do we really want to weaken their team against fellow relegation candidates by insisting on a retrospective ban for Touré? No, not a good idea.

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    cromercanary

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • GIVE A SH1T

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    Denzil

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • You only have to watch the replay Toure threw his hand to his head in a stupid me gesture. He knew and should be banned.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • A ban would only assist Man City's opponents and thus count against us.

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    b arclay

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • I am amazed that a referee should make a statement like that or like many other refereeing decisions it is based upon the fact that he plays for one of the big teams?

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    leslie cater

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • I think that there are two questions really... should he be punished and do we want him to be punished? Clearly, the answer is yes to the first question. The second one is the only one up for debate - from a selfish perspective, no of course we don't.

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    soulwaxer

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Have you noticed, Refs decisions usually seem to favour the larger, richer clubs? Could this be because they want a job in football when they are no longer able to run for 90 minutes? Who employs more people – NCFC or Man City? Could explain a lot of the decisions we have seen this year!

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    norfolk1810

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • I would rather no action was taken as it will not benefit NCFC. I sit in line with where the incident took place and failed to see the slight kick so am not surprised the officials missed it. Had he been sent off in the game it was probably too late to have a positive impact for us so lets move on.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Get yer YaYa's out. Rolling Stones 1970

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Odd. I would have thought that kicking another player constituted violent conduct. I was under the impression that that was frowned upon. Does it depend upon who you are and who you play for?

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • He should but he wont because its Man C. ridiculous.

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    sharky

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Graham Poll moans that the panel has no consistency? Well, neither do the refs during the game. Milner challenge that didn't warrant a yellow and Tettey's similar challenge that did, for example. Surely the question here shouldn't be consistency but was it a red card offence? If so then he should be banned. Same for the Bellamy incident. But if both get retrospective bans this doesn't help the team who should've had the advantage at the time. There needs to be the possibility to review these DURING the game not when it's all over. As cromercanary pointed out, a retrospective ban now could hinder rather than help us.

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    speech_uk

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Now look guys you have to understand the situation here. These super rich guys who, entirely as a charitable gesture to us peasants who like to watch football, have paid millions to set up these big teams. The players, again as a charitable gesture, put themselves out for a pittance to come and play for these big teams just to entertain us poor peasants. So what if they cheat (on and off the field) commit an occasional assault (on and off the field) and avoid tax. They are special. their mummies told them so and now the sycophantic press remind them of that on a regular basis. You ungrateful swine that you don't appreciate your good fortune to be allowed to breath the same air as them and watch them weave their magic. They know that what they do is the most important job in the world and they cannot understand why the government don't add an extra 10p in the £ on income tax just to support premiership players. Now dissenters go and wash your mouths out for your ingratitude,

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    waclor

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Poll the poser, what is his opinion worth. He spent most of his time on the pitch as a" prima donna " like a tired old Hollywood actor. The rules are simple, he should be accountable. But with the FA, it`s a lottery.

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    willb

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Yaya Toure (Man C), Rooney (Man U), Torres (Chelsea) etc....all get away with it. Sacha Riether (Fulham), Craig Bellamy (Cardiff), Andy Carroll (WHFC) dont. Notice a pattern there certainly with the clubs. Considering the 3 person panel is made up of ex refs in Steve Dunn, Eddie Wolstenholme & Alan Wiley im not surprised by this. Always guilty and at least accused of biast towards the big clubs as it is. Look at saturday for example. Mr Moss (who we keep seemingly getting as ref) consistently backed Man City. Had a NCFC player "took one for the team" and done what Milner did breaking up a counter attack we'd have been booked. No doubt. While toure not being banned helps NCFC...its isnt good from a 'whats right' pov.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • If it had been the other way round i.e RVW doing the kicking, he would have been banned, but not the big teams.

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Why dont we just man up and get on with it !! We have got more important things to worry about like where our next goal is coming from and 3 pts tomorrow night ....nothing less!!!

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    marcohendy

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • I've just sent back a speeding fine notification with a note saying that I don't have to pay because the only reason I was doing 82mph in a thirty limit was my petulence. I have quoted Mr Poll as a precedent case. I'll let you know how I get on but I hear the decendents of those found guilty at Nuremburg are preparing posthumous appeals based on the same legal principle.

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    waclor

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • No. Yaya Toure should not be cited. 2 of Man City's next 3 Premier League fixtures are vs Sunderland and Stoke and we want him to play against them. Plus Ricky made a huge meal of the kick at the time and we don't want to encourage that sort of player reaction.

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    thompaj

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Issues like this should be dealt with straight after the match. The ref has had plenty of time to watch this numerous times and get his story straight before the FA. Agree with GMF, zero tolerance for acts like this, only way to "stamp" it out so to speak.

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    Will Wiseman

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • I sense a great overlapping of our intrinsic values, Mattias! You must be much younger than I, yet already your scepticism and distrust of vested interests, and corruption in general, is finely tuned. You ARE the man to `clean up the town`. Pin on that badge! Just as long as you`re not an Estate Agent. ;-) When you`ve fixed footy, have a go at Prisoner of War Road.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • He should have been sent off but banning him now would give the teams round us who re due to play Man City an advantage. That would have been doubly painful for us. Having said that, the ref was DIRE.

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    PaulWho

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Rvw made a meal of it as most players do but toure kicked out and should be banned.Dont think with their multi million pound squad they would miss him anyway!

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    tonyb

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Norwich types: There's a bit of 'can't have your cake and eat it' going on here. Either the fellow's guilty, in which case he should have his bottom slapped, or he's not, in which case Graham Poll should have his bottom slapped. The fixture list does not enter the equation. My head tells me that there should be retrospective punishment, we can't tolerate a culture of bullying, big or small, but especially by the big, however, my heart tells me that I should keep my gob shut so as not to jinx an advantage to our peers. Why is life so difficult sometimes. I wish I'd been a magistrate like Cromer Canary, but I suppose I'll just have to make do with my eclair, which I have to admit is rather good, and I know this is irrelevant, but the sun has just come out in central London, which means that we will win handsomely tomorrow, cakes or no cakes.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Alan Shearer thought it wasnt anything to make a fuss about, rubbish, it was deliberate, and no way an accident. These players go out of their way to injure and should be banned for a month without pay.Hit them in the pocket, cos sitting on the subs bench on £150K a week isnt a penalty is it ?

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    Kenny

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • If the referee had sent off Yaya during the game, he would have been banned anyway. Sunderland always seem to beat Man City with or without him. I thought the referee missed a few decisions, like not booking Milner for his Kung Fu challenge in the first half, which would have meant a 2nd yellow in the 2nd half. If Bellamy gets punished, then so should Yaya, but referees should be spotting these incidents.

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    Piranha24

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • KEYZY good fact that,negates his comment as a defend the indefensable . Refereeing standards have been very poor for several seasons with most of them star struck and favouring the big teams. I am pretty sure that RVW was given a Yellow Card for telling the Ref. his job. Disgusting.

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    goldie

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • The BIG MONEY wins again. Just how much does one have to spend to get all that you want???? Just the odd £billion or is it several £BILLION !! The FA is a club of grovelling plonkers who are available if you are one of the undesirable incomers who have obtained their £BILLIONS by the most dubious of means. The only way to get our game back is to get rid of this mafia group.

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    willb

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Spot on leslie. Imagine if Bassong had done that to a ManC. Referees in the Prem have become, in their Mitty-esque minds, Media Celebrities. They want to be seen as part of the élite, rub shoulders with the Superstars. The likes of Clattenburg typify this trend. Cricket umpiring once set a good example, but now there are even show-off umpires. Dicky Bird was a precursor of the attention seekers. Rugby refereeing may have something to learn from. Those guys command the game and respect. They are all former players. Battenberg, et al, have probably not even played Subbuteo.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • we are talking graham poll here.i wonder how many reruns he watched before he spotted it.

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    bluelight

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • If I walked down the street and kicked someone like the thug YAYA i WOULD BE ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT.Money talks and the FA is running scared of the big boys

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    canarykid

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • He should but he wont because its Man C. ridiculous.

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    sharky

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • So Toure shouldn't be punished because it was a petulent incident. I recall a certain Mr Beckham being sent off at France 98 for a 'petulent' kick out. The incident would have been a red card if seen during the game so should be treated the same if being looked at retrospectively. As for Graham Poll, I don't think a man who managed to show 3 yellow cards to one player in a world cup match has any room to have an informative opinion.

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    Keyzy

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • If I walked down the street and kicked someone like the thug YAYA i WOULD BE ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT.Money talks and the FA is running scared of the big boys

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    canarykid

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • He needed a good boot up the bum.

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    OLDYELLA

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Yaya Toure (Man C), Rooney (Man U), Torres (Chelsea) etc....all get away with it. Sacha Riether (Fulham), Craig Bellamy (Cardiff), Andy Carroll (WHFC) dont. Notice a pattern there certainly with the clubs. Considering the 3 person panel is made up of ex refs in Steve Dunn, Eddie Wolstenholme & Alan Wiley im not surprised by this.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • lol @ oldyella Yes, he certainly did! When he jumped up to run to the ref and to confront Toure, that was the fastest I've seen him run. That said, anyone who wants to start a fight with Toure probably needs their head checking.

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    soulwaxer

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Good man, Mattias. A principled view. The FA rts are unfit for purpose.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • The kick gave him additional some additional kinetic energy that resulted in him over-running Redmond's cross at the end of the match. It cost us the game ref.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Help is avaliable for people like you.

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    victor meldrew

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Also worth nothing that we should have finished both our last two home matches playing 11 against 10 in our favour, but due to officials not seeing things that did happen or seeing things that didn't happen, this has not been the case. In fact it could easily have been 11 vs 9 on Saturday if Milner hadn't been let off.

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    soulwaxer

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • The panel of Wiley, Wolstenholme & Dunn is a shocking panel as it is! The way the Financial "Fair" Play Rules are set up theres massive room for exploitation as they already are. Highly doubt anyone will fall foul of it anytime soon. Although it would be lovely to see QPR fail to achieve promotion at first time of asking. Technically Financial "Fair" Play should cripple them if they dont get up at first time of asking.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Ya Ya will get away with kicking out,if the boot was on the other foot the city player would be drawn over the coals and banned.but the FA is a toothless tiger who is afraid of the big money boys

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    canarykid

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • The only way to eliminate such acts from the game is to adopt a consistent approach of zero tolerance with an automatic three game ban. That should make players think twice before committing such petulant acts.

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    GMF

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • I wonder what would have happeded if the boot ( no pun intended ) had been on the other foot, and it has nothing to do with the force of the kick but the intent of the action and Yaya Toure had the intent

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    leslie cater

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Lets let him off because it helps our opponents. So much for the good of the game. Let that bank robber off as well while were at it because I dont like the bank.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • same old story Norwich meet a team who can actually play and win football, start falling over and try to get free kick penalty, legacy of Holt rises again !!

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    victor meldrew

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Very true.

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    Arbee

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Wth a name like that he should be one of "Call me Dave" Cameron`s Ballingdon Boy Buddies in the Government: `Ya ya Tory`. Good bit of Bias-Watching there, Mattias333. You have the makings of a great investigative journalist, but you are clearly fully occupied with what you `do` currently ;-) Are you up for scrutinising the Financial "Fair" Play Rules. Already signs that Big Clubs have rolled around this virtual Maginot Line by buying into clubs abroad, in order to use them as "feeders". Who in authority can we trust to oversee the veracity of this cover-up? Panels of retired refs? No. The blazered buffoons on the old FA rts gravy train? No way, José. We`re counting on you, Mattias!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • No. Yaya Toure should not be cited. 2 of Man City's next 3 Premier League fixtures are vs Sunderland and Stoke and we want him to play against them. Plus Ricky made a huge meal of the kick at the time and we don't want to encourage that sort of player reaction.

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    thompaj

    Monday, February 10, 2014

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