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Robin van Persie: Manchester United Striker to Receive No Punishment for Elbow

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 1: Robin van Persie takes part in a Manchester United training session at the Carrington Training Ground on October 1, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)
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Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIOctober 8, 2012

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie will not face any punishment from The Football Association after he allegedly elbowed Newcastle United's Yohan Cabaye in his side's 3-0 win over the Magpies on the weekend.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had urged the The Football Association (FA) to take a look the elbow, which occurred in an off-the-ball incident late in the match.

Pardew said the following (via Sky Sports):

[Van Persie] has looked at Yohan, and he has elbowed him, and I think that perhaps needs to be looked at, if I am honest.

There's a bit of history from last year, and I don't know if Robin has been caught up in that, but that was just a little bit unsavory. I actually thought Yohan wouldn't have gone down if [Van Persie] hadn't done something.

I didn't see it myself, but I have obviously seen it on the replay, and it looks like [Van Persie] has looked at him and put his elbow there.

That is for [the FA] to look at, not me.

But according to the latest report in The Guardian, Van Persie will escape punishment, with referee Howard Webb reviewing the replays of the incident following the conclusion of the match and determining that no punishment was needed.

Webb did not see the incident during the match and thus had to review television evidence after the match had finished before making his decision.

He concluded that the incident would not have warranted a yellow card, had he seen it live, and therefore would not have sent Van Persie off.

The Red Devils striker will thus not face any punishment from the FA.

If he had been found guilty, the Dutch international would likely have missed United's crucial upcoming matches, including two fixtures against Chelsea—one in the Premier League and the other in the Capital One Cup—as well as a league fixture against Stoke City.

The incident marks now the second time that Van Persie has found himself in hot water with Newcastle United players, the first being his bust-up with goalkeeper Tim Krul when playing for Arsenal last season—an incident for which manager Arsene Wenger feared Van Persie was going to get sent off (via The Sun).

And whilst there will be no ramifications as far as the FA is concerned from this match, Van Persie will surely be the subject of much discussion from the football community as to whether or not he should receive any suspension or punishment.


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