LONDON: Arsenal star Matteo Guendouzi has survived a three-game suspension after he lost to Brighton player Neal Maupay.
The 21-year-old French midfielder pulled the Seagulls star’s neck after finishing games at The Amex on Saturday, with Arsenal losing 2-1.
“The actions of Matteo Guendouzi in this incident were not seen by match officials at the time, but he was detected by VAR afterwards, so he will not be held responsible,” the English Football Association said.
Judge Martin Atkinson was not far behind when Guendouzi invaded Maupay after the closing whistle blew.
Atkinson, however, did not take any action on the harshness of the red card.
Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno was forced out after clashing with Maupay at the end of the first half.
The incident is said to have triggered the wrath of Guendouzi who targeted Maupay – the winning goal scorer in injury time.
“Some Arsenal players have to learn to accept the facts. They talk a lot, especially one of them.
“I regret what happened to Bernd Leno. I have no intention of hurting him. I hope he recovers soon,” said Maupay.