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Chelsea fullback Cole avoids ban for X-rated tackle on Man Utd star Chicharito

Chelsea fullback Ashley Cole is in the clear over his ugly tackle on Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.

The FA confirmed Cole would not face further action for his shin-high tackle on Hernandez.

Cole was booked for clattering into Hernandez as the striker shot wide in Manchester United's 3-1 Barclays Premier League win over Chelsea yesterday.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson claimed Cole should have been sent off, with the tackle the type of offence for which a red card is often shown.

Under FIFA rules, Cole cannot be punished retrospectively because the officials took action to deal with the incident at the time.

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