Arsenal hot head Matteo Guendouzi escapes punishment for grabbing Brighton’s Neal Maupay around the neck… because the incident WAS seen by VAR officials who chose not to take action
- Matteo Guendouzi appeared to grab Neal Maupay by the throat on Saturday
- Arsenal midfielder has been cleared of any further action by the FA today
- FA revealed that VAR officials DID see the incident at the time and didn’t act
- Maupay scored a last-minute winner for Brighton, sparking an on-field melee
The FA have confirmed that Guendouzi’s actions were not seen by match officials at the time, but the incident was subsequently reviewed by VAR, who decided not to take action.
Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi appeared to grab Brighton striker Neal Maupay by the throat
Brighton’s Maupay went to ground after being confronted by Arsenal midfielder Guendouzi
Brighton players intervene to ensure Maupay (left) and Guendouzi are kept apart
The FA have confirmed that both Brighton and Arsenal have also been warned and reminded of their responsibilities following the late confrontation between their players in the Premier League clash.
In the game, Guendouzi appeared to lash out at his countryman Maupay in two separate flashpoints during the Seagulls’ win.
Gunners players were incensed by Maupay after he jumped into Bernd Leno just before the keeper fell awkwardly causing him to suffer a serious knee injury.
Arsenal are assessing their first choice goalkeeper but the club fear he is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines with ligament and cartilage damage to his his right knee.
Maupay had earlier in the game clashed with Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno in a battle for the ball
And right at the death Maupay came up to produce a dramatic late winner with a smart finish
And then the pair clashed again in the latter stages, just seconds after Maupay had won the game for Brighton with a last-gasp goal.
Although the FA have not handed out any punishments, it is understood the Premier League will also consider whether the angry scenes were in breach of their ready to play protocols which prohibit mass gatherings due to social distancing measures.
Though, given the protocols are new it is understood top-flight officials will remind players and clubs of their responsibilities rather than mete out sanctions.