Keith Hackett has argued that Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi should have been given a ban for his actions following the final whistle of his side’s 2-1 loss to Brighton on Saturday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Premier League official suggested that the 21-year-old deserved to face retrospective action after putting his hand on Neal Maupay’s throat in the aftermath of the Gunners’ late defeat.
Maupay had been at the heart of a controversial meeting that saw him involved in a collision that injured goalkeeper Bernd Leno, before subsequently scoring a 95th minute winner for the Seagulls.
Tensions then boiled over at full-time, with Guendouzi confronting him directly.
Despite clearly grabbing the Brighton striker, however, it was reported on Monday that the midfielder will face no further action from the FA because the decision had been reviewed by VAR at the time.
But Hackett believes that the governing body should have enacted retrospective punishment.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “The VAR could have come in and advised Martin Atkinson and he could have given that player a red card.
“I think maybe he switched off and thought it’s game over. I think ultimately a player has appeared to have got away with it.
“Footballers apart from the goalkeeper are expected to play with their feet, not with their hands. So, when a player puts his hand on the face of an opponent in that way then that’s a red card offence.
“For me I don’t think that has any place on the football field. I think it should probably have been a one-match ban.”
Speaking after the match, Maupay apologised for the incident that left Leno injured, but also claimed that Mikel Arteta’s side need to “learn some humility”.
Emiliano Martinez, who replaced Leno in net following his injury, has stated that he does not believe the Brighton man had any intent of deliberately hurting the German stopper.
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