- Man Utd’s win over Brighton was overshadowed by an incident involving Lukaku
- Belgian international appeared to twice kick out at Gaetan Bong
- However, an FA panel have ruled that he shouldn’t face retrospective punishment
- Watch the incident: Romelu Lukaku video clearly shows Man United striker violently kicking Brighton’s Gaetan Bong
Man Utd forward Romelu Lukaku has escaped a retrospective ban after an FA panel opted to take no action following his kick out at Gaetan Bong.
The incident occurred during United’s 1-0 win over Brighton at Old Trafford over the weekend, with BBC Sport confirming that a three-man panel of former Premier League referees was unable to reach a unanimous decision that it was a ‘sending off offence’.
In turn, that means Lukaku has avoided a three-match ban which would have seen him sit out clashes with Watford, Arsenal and Manchester City.
Instead, he’ll be part of the travelling party to Vicarage Road on Tuesday night, and will force the Gunners and City to prepare for the threat that he poses up top for Jose Mourinho’s men.
Unsurprisingly, the decision not to ban him hasn’t gone down well with rival supporters, particularly with Liverpool and Arsenal fans hitting out on social media, as seen below.
The reasoning is different for the two sets of supporters, as looking at Liverpool’s issue firstly, fans have hit out at how Sadio Mane was handed a three-game ban for his clash with City goalkeeper Ederson earlier this season, and yet Lukaku has managed to escape a ban altogether in what they perceive was a situation where there was actual intent rather than an accidental collision.
The logic in Mane accidentally kicking another minus malice (and a 3 game ban) vs Lukaku deliberately kicking out at another opponent minus any punishment?? Answers on a postcard please to @Carra23 @GNev2 @GaryLineker and co?! ?
— Anfield Talk (@Anfield_Talk) November 27, 2017
Sadio Mané: Kicks goalkeeper in the face when trying to go for the ball – 3 match ban
Romelu Lukaku: Takes anger out on a Brighton player by kicking him – nothing happens
But their is an “agenda against Man United”
— Aiden (@MatipBlock) November 27, 2017
Mane, with eyes only for the ball, kicks Ederson in the face, completely unintentionally, receives a 3 match ban
Lukaku takes out frustration by kicking Brighton player Gaetan Bong TWICE and no action is taken
If you ever wanted evidence of any bias towards Man Utd, there it is
— Dan (@Jondanagan) November 27, 2017
Lukaku kicks Lovren in the face .. nothing
Lukaku kicks another player … nothing
Mane unintentionally kicks player gets banned. United getting special privileges from the FA.
— Harry Daly (@HarryDaly12) November 27, 2017
So Mane goes for ball catches the player=3 match ban! Lukaku 2. Karate kicks at player ball nowhere to be seen=scot free FA ineptitude ?
— Robbo ?? (@robbo32) November 27, 2017
Mane gets a 3 game ban for accidentally kicking a player, and nothing happens lukaku for delibertly kicking a player twice??
— Paul Phelan (@Pheo7) November 27, 2017
Watch the @FA and @premierleague make excuses for Lukaku and why he won’t be suspended are fined .. yet if he wore different badge he would be .. united players get away with everything yet Mane got suspended for less. pic.twitter.com/ieQjbRTH9r
— Autumn-girl (@irish_kop96) November 27, 2017
As for Arsenal fans, and the same will apply to City supporters too of course, they were hugely annoyed that Lukaku escaped a ban which means he’ll line up against them at the Emirates on Saturday evening.
United have plenty of attacking threats to be concerned about, but ultimately the physicality that the Belgian international will bring to lead the line could be problematic for the Arsenal backline, and many of their supporters believe that he shouldn’t be playing any part in the encounter.
How the fuck is Lukaku not banned? FA at its incompetent best.
— Vivek (@VivekWenger) November 27, 2017
Surprise Surprise Lukaku gets away with it . Absolutely pathetic from the FA , not a pair of balls on that whole Panel
— Arran (@ArranAFCSTL) November 27, 2017
Lukaku not being charged. If that were anyone of our players they would be crucified by the FA.
— Justin. (@AlexisMyDrug) November 27, 2017
How lukaku has got away with that is beyond me. I mean what do you have to do to get a ban for violent conduct these days ?
— Tom Wragg (@TaxiTom83) November 27, 2017