In Arsenal’s Saturday afternoon defeat at Brighton, Matteo Guendouzi has avoided an FA ban for an altercation with Neal Maupay. Guendouzi and Maupay niggled at each other for much of the match, with the Frenchman appearing at the full-time whistle to grab his fellow Frenchman by the neck.
The FA reported on Monday that the Arsenal midfielder will face no penalty for the incident as the incident has been investigated by the VAR – despite being overlooked by on-field officials. Just before the half-time interval, Maupay had a collision with Bernd Leno that resulted in a gruesome leg injury suffered by the Arsenal goalkeeper-the extent of which is not yet known.
Maupay appeared in a post-match interview to refer to his altercation with Guendouzi, saying: “One of them spoke the entire game and said really bad things. I just had to say when I scored, ‘Listen, that’s what happens when you say bad things on the pitch.’
“Arsenal players would often need to learn humility. They talked a lot. They did have what they deserved.
I’ve been through a bad accident. It’s hard. “I just went to go grab the ball. He twisted his knee when he fell. It’s football, there’s a touch. I never wanted to injure him. I apologize again and wish him a good recovery.