The TV commentators made a really big deal when Papiss Cisse was seen to elbow Seamus Coleman in the face before a corner after about 29 minutes of the game today – and by the end of the game they had already decided that we will not see Papiss Cisse for a while, because he will be given a three match ban by the FA — which is allowed under the rules if none of the four officials saw the incident.
Papiss Cisse elbowing Coleman viciously
Many of the TV pundits are now demanding that Papiss Cisse get a three match ban, and he could (should) have been sent off for violent conduct.
This is what Everton manager Roberto Martinez said after the game about whether Cisse should have stayed on the pitch:
“No he shouldn’t.” “I don’t want to see players sent off for different rules or the laws of the game, but it’s unacceptable that action from Papiss Cisse.”
“You don’t want to see that on a football pitch. That shouldn’t be allowed. Two players fighting for their position in a dead ball situation and you end up deciding to take the law by elbowing a fellow professional.”
“It’s unacceptable. That should have been a red card. Actions like that should not be allowed on the football pitch.”
There are only a couple of games that Papiss may miss – the New Years day game at home to Burnley and the FA Cup tie at Leicester two days later – before he’s off to the African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.
Maybe we can bring young Adam Armstrong in for those games, and we also have Manu Riviere, who unfortunately missed a sitter in stoppage time.
It was an Ayoze Perez shot that hit the post and ricocheted to him three yards out in front of the goal, but it bounced off the Frenchman past the post for a goal kick.
Manu needs a goal to get his confidence up – but 21 year-old Ayoze Perez is full of confidence and scored his 5th Premier League goal of the season today, and again looked very sharp.
We could see Adam and Ayoze start on Thursday if Papiss is banned.
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