Benjamin Mendy escapes punishment by the FA after appearing to throw a punch at Erik Lamela in Manchester City’s 1-0 win over Tottenham
- Benjamin Mendy was shielding the ball when he appeared to throw a punch
- He was under duress from Erik Lamela, when he spun around and missed
- The referee saw the incident and they decided not to punish Mendy for it
Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy will not face any retrospective punishment from the FA after appearing to throw a punch at Tottenham’s Erik Lamela during his team’s 1-0 victory at Wembley on Monday evening.
Mendy was shielding the ball under duress from Lamela when he spun around and threw a punch – but comically missed his target entirely.
However, the laws of the game state that the officials could deem the offence to be violent conduct as the rules include both ‘attempting to use brutality’ or ‘attempting to strike an opponent’.
Man City’s Benjamin Mendy was attempting to shield the ball from Tottenham’s Erik Lamela
The defender Mendy spun around and appeared to throw a punch at the Spurs midfielder
However the punch went comically wide, and he will not face retroactive punishment by the FA
It is understood, however, that the incident was seen by referee Kevin Friend and his team of officials at the time and they decided not to punish Mendy. It will now not be included in the officials’ post match report and therefore Mendy will not face an FA charge or a retrospective ban.
Mendy endured a difficult evening in which he was twice caught out in defence but on both occasions he was spared by Tottenham’s profligacy.
He wrote on Twitter: ‘Not the best Mendy tonight but congrats to the team for the 3 points on a difficult pitch.’
Another camera angle shows just how far Mendy’s punch was away from landing on Lamela
Referee Kevin Friend saw the incident when it happened and decided not to punish Mendy
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