Wednesday 24 January 2018

Van Persie cleared of elbowing Cabaye

MANCHESTER UNITED'S Robin van Persie will not face retrospective action from the English FA over an apparent elbow to the face of Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

Referee Howard Webb did not see the incident during the game but, on reviewing television evidence, he did not deem it worthy of a sending-off offence, so no disciplinary action will be taken against the Dutch striker.

No action will be taken either in regard to Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote, who appeared to stamp on Tom Cleverley, or to Stoke defender Robert Huth, who was involved in a similar incident with Liverpool's Luis Suarez at Anfield.

In both cases, the incidents were seen by officials at the time and neither was deemed to be foul play. As a result, no further action can be taken.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was outraged by the decision, saying: "I find it incredible that in nearly all the coverage about Luis Suarez over the weekend, very little focus has been placed on the fact that he was actually the victim of a stamping incident in the first five minutes of the match.

"There seems to be one set of rules for Luis and another for everyone else."

Irish Independent

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