Lukaku escapes three-match ban over Bong clash

Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku escaped a ban for kicking out against Brighton
Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku escaped a ban for kicking out against Brighton
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28 November, 2017

The game did end up positively, but the match footages have caught Romelu Lukaku kicking Bong in the groin not just once, but twice.

However, Gallagher admits he would be surprised if Lukaku is given retrospective punishment for an incident against Brighton on Saturday.

Lukaku's scoring form has dried up since an electric start to life at Old Trafford in which he scored 11 goals in his first 10 games-his effort in the 4-1 win over Newcastle United on November 18 is his only strike since September.

The incident was not included in referee Neil Swarbrick's match report and, after reviewing video footage, an FA panel failed to come to a unanimous verdict, meaning the 24-year-old will not be charged.

"In the last minute he was fighting and running back like he was in the first minute, so I think it is also a mentality question", Mourinho said of Lukaku. The shot ended up finding the back of the net.

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"Unfortunately, not every player is the same".

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher "would be surprised" if Romelu Lukaku is handed a three-game ban after appearing to kick out at Brighton's Gaetan Bong.

Were Lukaku found guilty of violent conduct, the Belgian striker would miss United's next three Premier League matches - away matches at Watford and Arsenal followed by the Manchester derby on December 10, live on Sky Sports. So Romelu, for me, (is) fantastic.

United are eight points behind Manchester City in the Premier League title race, and the Sky Blues nearly appear to have it sewn up already. "He didn't score, but I don't care".


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