Arsenal legend Paul Merson savages FA for failing to punish Chelsea’s Gary Cahill for kick on Spurs’ Harry Kane
Arsenal legend Paul Merson has savaged the FA’s decision not to punish Chelsea’s Gary Cahill for his kick and stamp on Tottenham star Harry Kane during the White Hart Lane side’s 5-3 win this week.
The former Bolton centre-back, frustrated at being given the run around by a Kane inspired Spurs, who were leading 4-2 at the time, lost the plot and smashed the 21-year-old’s back as he lay on the floor shielding the ball.
Cahill, who threw in a stamp for good measure, somehow went unpunished by referee Phil Dowd and the fourth official who was standing just feet away.
Despite the clear video evidence of Cahill’s action, the FA confirmed they would take no further action after Dowd apparently saw the incident.
But the the governing body’s stance has come in for widespread criticism, with Merson stunned by the decision.
“How you can can get away with that I don’t know…and if the ref says he sees it then he shouldn’t be reffing games,” he told Sky Sports.
“In rugby where they punch and headbutt each other, if a guy kicks another guy he gets sent off straight away. And yet Cahill kicks and then stamps on Kane.”
Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier said the only explanation is that the FA do not want to punish England regulars – with Raheem Sterling also avoiding retrospective action for a slap during the Swansea game when Jonjo Shelvey received a four game ban for a similar action.