Guendouzi escapes punishment despite grabbing Maupay by the throat


Matteo Guendouzi will face no further action after an altercation with Neal Maupay in their 2-1 defeat to Brighton on Saturday.

This happened after the final whistle of the game, with Guendouzi seen grabbing Maupay by the throat.

The FA has confirmed that the incident was not seen by the officials at the time but, because it was reviewed by the VAR and no action was taken, he will not face any punishment.

Maupay scored in injury time to complete a comeback and seal a 2-1 victory for Brighton – their first win of 2020.

Earlier in the match, Maupay fouled Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno during an aerial challenge, with the German stretchered off after 36 minutes with what looked like a bad injury.

Speaking after the game, Maupay claimed he didn’t intend to hurt Leno but blasted Arsenal players for “talking a lot” when they were leading.

Brighton and Arsenal have been reminded of their responsibilities after the confrontation between the two clubs.

Brighton manager Graham Potter said that he’s not surprised by FA’s decision and has urged his players to look ahead to their next game on Tuesday.

“It’s up to the FA or Premier League to decide. I think it was an emotional moment. When a team loses in the last minute it’s a sore one and you expect emotions,” he said.

“I don’t think there was anything too serious. It’s one of those things. We move on and get ready for Leicester.”

Guendozi’s availability will be a relief for Arteta, who will be without seven first-team players for their game against Southampton on Thursday.


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