No ban for petulant Lukaku after Bong kick

Date published: Monday 27th November 2017 1:36

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku will face no action for his alleged kick at Brighton’s Gaetan Bong.

Images appeared to show the 24-year-old kicking out twice at the Albion defender just before Ashley Young’s strike deflected in off Lewis Dunk to secure Jose Mourinho’s men a 1-0 win.

Lukaku was left sweating on FA action as retrospective punishment for violent conduct would incur a three-man ban, ruling him out of the derby clash with Manchester City.

However, Press Association Sport understands the striker will face no action from the governing body over the incident.

Referee Neil Swarbrick took no action against Lukaku at the time and the incident was confirmed to have been missed by officials at Old Trafford.

As a result, a panel of three former elite referees reviewed the footage independently of one another to advise whether they deemed it a sending off offence.

The decision had to be unanimous for a charge to be brought and clearly was not as Lukaku has escaped punishment.

“The act has to be one of violence or brutality. This appears to me to be one of petulance,” Dermot Gallagher told Sky Sports.

Jose Mourinho will be happy, as Lukaku is now free to finish games tackling at left-back. The bad news is that he is still not clever enough.

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