Romelu Lukaku has escaped a ban for an alleged kick at Brighton's Gaetan Bong during Manchester United’s 1-0 win on Saturday, writes Stephen Barry.
FA to review this footage of Lukaku kicking Bong during MUFC v Brighton.
Surely facing a three match ban?❌❌❌
Pictures courtesy Tv 2 Sumo🎥 pic.twitter.com/6E68fUrOqO— CaughtOffside (@caughtoffside) November 27, 2017
There were worries that the Belgian could miss the tough run of fixtures against Watford, Arsenal and Manchester City, but news that Lukaku won't be retrospectively sanctioned eased any United concerns.
Needless to say, the opposition reaction to the news has been predictable…
BREAKING NEWS: Romelu Lukaku will face NO ACTION for kicking another player, because he plays for Man Utd and Jose Mourinho would prefer if he didn't.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) November 27, 2017
Lukaku is cleared by the FA and will not face a 3 game ban.
The three officers from the FA - Mr David Gill, Robert Charlton and Alexander Ferguson saw nothing wrong in the incident.— James (@writtenoff_mufc) November 27, 2017
Fans have also been directing their anger at Match of the Day, after the BBC programme didn’t highlight the incident.
However, Gary Lineker has offered a simple excuse for the omission.
“We didn’t see it at the time,” he tweeted.
“We had 5 games to watch at 3pm. Wasn’t mentioned by a single Sunday newspaper. Only came to light after a few Brighton fans mentions on Twitter late on Saturday night.
“Certainly was not a decision to not show it.”
We didn’t see it at the time. We had 5 games to watch at 3pm. Wasn’t mentioned by a single Sunday newspaper. Only came to light after a few Brighton fans mentions on Twitter late on Saturday night. Certainly was not a decision to not show it. 🙄 https://t.co/cPRR2vukaG— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 27, 2017