Matic receives two-game ban

London, England ( - Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic had his three-game suspension reduced by one match following a red card against Burnley on Saturday.

Matic was sent off in the second half of Chelsea's 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge after he reacted angrily to a challenge from Burnley's Ashley Barnes, who caught Matic on the shin with a dangerous challenge.

The Chelsea midfielder reacted by shoving Barnes to the ground, earning him a red card and an automatic three-game ban.

However, the Football Association partially accepted Chelsea's appeal to have the ban reduced, although the club wasn't entirely pleased that Matic will still miss two games.

"The Chelsea Football Club board is extremely disappointed and frustrated that the FA Regulatory Commission has today decided not to reduce Nemanja Matic's suspension to the maximum extent permitted under FA rules," read a statement on the club's website.

"There has been universal condemnation of the reckless challenge made by Ashley Barnes on Matic and it is the club's view that he has been unjustly punished with a two-match ban for his reaction to a career-threatening tackle."

The 26-year-old Matic has been a vital piece in Chelsea's midfield since his arrival from Benfica in January 2014, and he has started 25 of the Blues' 26 Premier League games this term.

Matic will now miss Chelsea's League Cup final with Tottenham on Sunday as well as a league match against West Ham through suspension.