Monday, October 08, 2012
VAN PERSIE ESCAPES FA BAN OVER ELBOW ON CABAYE
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie will not face disciplinary action from the Football Association despite appearing to elbow Newcastle United’s Yohan Cabaye in his side’s 3-0 win on Tyneside.
Cabaye was adamant the striker hit him in the mouth as he remonstrated with referee Howard Webb, who missed the off-the-ball collision.
The Frenchman and Van Persie, who had an unsavoury spat with Newcastle keeper Tim Krul at the Emirates last season, had been niggling throughout and had to be pulled apart by Webb after the incident.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew wanted the Dutchman charged for striking Cabaye with his elbow during Sunday's 3-0 defeat to the Red Devils.
However, referee Howard Webb has reviewed the incident and does not consider it to be an act of violent conduct, so no retrospective action can be taken by the FA.
No action will be taken either in regard to Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote, who appeared to stamp on Tom Cleverley's leg, or to Stoke defender Robert Huth, who was involved in a similar incident with Liverpool forward Luis Suarez.
In both cases, the incidents were seen by officials at the time and therefore no further action can be taken.