Premier League

Ben Godfrey studded Takehiro Tomiyasu in the face

Ben Godfrey allegedly purposefully studded Arsenal star Takehiro Tomiyasu in the face, according to Gary Neville.

The event occurred during Everton’s 2-1 triumph over Arsenal in the first half, with the game still goalless. After watching a video on the VAR monitor, Mike Dean determined that Godfrey had inadvertently trod on Tomiyasu’s face.

Slow-motion footage appeared to show Godfrey not looking at his opponent when he landed, but Neville claims the conduct was deliberate.

On Sky Sports’ coverage of the game, he said: “He means it completely as a professional.

“I can see why VAR said it was an accident; we couldn’t prove it, but he meant it as a professional, and I can see why it wasn’t a red.”

Piers Morgan, an Arsenal supporter, agreed, writing on Twitter: “For maliciously stamping on Tomiyasu’s face, he wasn’t even charged. Godfrey and the referee were both outraged.”

Tomiyasu was left with a cut on his face but played the rest of the match

Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey, on the other hand, had a different take on the situation.

He claims that the decision on a probable red card could have gone either way, implying that VAR Stuart Atwell did not believe Dean had made a clear and obvious error.

According to SunSport, Halsey said: “Godfrey and Tomiyasu collided, but I don’t think it deserved a red card.

“Godfrey landed on Tomiyasu’s face while the Arsenal right-back was on the floor.

“I’m not sure if referee Mike Dean witnessed the incident, but VAR official Stuart Attwell had to determine whether it was a violent act.

“I don’t believe it was a stamp; Godfrey seemed to have nowhere else to put his foot.

“It was an unintentional act, not a premeditated one.

“Because this isn’t a severe foul play challenge, excessive force and violence aren’t a factor.

“When Godfrey collided with Tomiyasu, he did not look in the direction of the Gunners’ right-back.

“I can understand why die-hard Arsenal fans would want disciplinary action taken, but this was a subjective decision, and Attwell obviously did not believe Dean had made a clear and obvious error.”

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