Villa escapes action
Published 23/06/2010 | 10:41
Spain striker David Villa has escaped punishment for striking Honduras defender Emilio Izaguirre on Monday night.
The new Barcelona recruit scored twice in the match to secure a 2-0 victory for the European champions but was captured on camera hitting out at Izaguirre as the pair waited for a set-piece to be taken late in the first half.
Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura took no action at the time and a spokesman for FIFA said today: "The disciplinary committee of FIFA have examined the situation and have found no grounds to open a case against David Villa."
That leaves the star striker free to play in his team's vital third Group H match against Chile.