Godfrey should get extended ban as controversial Everton footage emerges - pundit
Ben Godfrey knew exactly what he was doing when he stamped on Takehiro Tomiyasu and should have been sent off as Everton beat Arsenal 2-1.
That is the view of ex-Aston Villa and England attacker Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the incident in Everton’s first win in nine Premier League games.
With the game goalless, Godfrey appeared to stamp on Tomiyasu’s face after he had fallen to the ground after a challenge from Allan.
Mike Dean did not deem the challenge a foul while Stuart Atwell, the VAR operator, did not adjudge Dean’s decision to be a clear and obvious error.
A straight red would have seen Godfrey banned for Everton’s upcoming games with Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Leicester City.
“I think it was very clever from Ben Godfrey,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“He 100 per cent meant it, you could tell. He looked first and then pretended he didn’t know where the player was.
“I think it was the sort of tackle you would see 20 years ago and players would do it a lot.
“He was very lucky to get away without a red card. It was one of those challenges where you can’t prove he meant it but as an ex-player, you can understand what he’s done.
“Very lucky and there was no need in such a big game. His team could have been down to 10 men and they probably would have lost the game.”
Godfrey started the game at left-back with Lucas Digne out of the squad entirely.
Rafa Benitez refused to deny to Sky Sports that he had fallen out with the France international.