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FA report Man City's Tevez should have seen red for Barton clash

The FA has found that Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez should have been dismissed for his part in the clash with QPR midfielder Joey Barton on the final day of the season. Queens Park Rangers captain Barton has been handed a 12-match ban which was sparked by an off-the-ball collision with Tevez, for which Barton remonstrated to referee Mike Dean that the Argentine should also have been sent off.

But Tevez escaped a red card and has also avoided any retrospective punishment, despite the FA concluding with the use of video evidence that the striker should have been dismissed.

The commission's report, printed in The Times, read: "Mr Dean was questioned (by the commission) about the 'Tevez incident' for which Barton was dismissed.

"It was confirmed that neither the referee nor the assistant saw the alleged incident of Mr Tevez striking Mr Barton, although Mr Barton immediately made representations to Mr Dean.

"That is what happened and such comments by Mr Barton can be clearly seen in the video.

"The commission accept that Mr Barton was aggrieved by the action of Mr Tevez and Mr Dean confirmed that had the incident been seen by the officials as shown by the clip supplied by Mr Barton, it would have been an automatic red card.

The commission find that this does not, however, excuse the subsequent action by Mr Barton in relations to Messer's Kompany and Aguero."

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