Gerrard to escape FA action
STEVEN GERRARD has avoided censure from the FA for his apparent forearm smash on Michael Brown during Liverpool's 4-1 win over Portsmouth on Monday after referee Stuart Attwell confirmed he had dealt with the incident at the time, WRITES RORY SMITH.
Though Brown walked to the touchline to receive treatment muttering the words "three-match ban," Attwell included the incident in his match report, submitted to the FA yesterday.
The official stated that his decision to award Portsmouth a free and issue Gerrard a warning was punishment enough.
FA guidelines state that no one will be punished retrospectively if the match official sees the offence.
It marks Gerrard's second close shave in a week, after the Liverpool captain avoided punishment for an alleged abusive hand gesture directed at ref Andre Marriner during his side's 1-0 defeat to Wigan last week.
Gerrard will be available for Liverpool's game against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. (© Daily Telegraph, London)