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Romelu Lukaku Escapes Punishment For Kicking Out At Brighton Player

The incident, spotted during Ashley Young’s winning goal on Saturday, attracted much attention.

Young’s goal at Old Trafford was enough to give Manchester United a slim 1-0 win over Brighton, as referee Neil Swarbrick and his fellow officials appeared to miss a scene involving United striker Romelu Lukaku and Brighton’s Gaetan Bong.

Lukaku twice kicks backwards in Bong’s direction during a corner kick just before Young’s strike.

The footage was subsequently scrutinised, with the Football Association seeing fit to investigate it.

Per Simon Peach of the Press Association, the FA will take no further action towards Lukaku for the alleged infringment.

The BBC state that the footage was referred to three ex-Premier League referees for an independent review earlier today. All three had to agree that the action warranted a red card offence in order for a retroactive ban to be implemented.

The ex-officials couldn’t do so, and therefore the Belgian forward will be available for United’s vital run of games against Watford, Arsenal and league leaders Manchester City.

Though his goalscoring form has slowed for United bar last week’s strike against Newcastle United, the 24-year-old remains a vital part of Jose Mourinho’s attack, and the above decision is sure to come as a relief to the manager.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

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