Brighton & Hove Albion’s Tomer Hemed has been banned for three games for stamping on the calf of Newcastle’s DeAndre Yedlin.
We compliment DeAndre for not rolling around in agony after the stamp as some (most) players would have done – but he got up and got on with the game.
And justice was done – and the FA made the correct decision – so we cannot grumble about that.
This is what DeAndre said after the match about the stamp:
“I thought he stamped on my calf but didn’t see what happened.
“Maybe it was accidental.” “I was in the mix of things.”
“Whatever it was it’s not important.”
“We are disappointed but take the positives from today and look at what we did wrong.”
The stamp was as obvious as Jonjo Shelvey’s stamp in the Spurs game and Aleksandar Mitrovic’s elbow in the West Ham game that got those players three game bans too.
Hemed’s stamp on Yedlin
But surprisingly Hemed has said he was not guilty of violent conduct.
Pull the other leg – it’s got bells on!
This is what Hamed said after he was banned for three games.
“I accept the decision against me but do not agree with it and I am devastated to miss three matches.
“I would never go out to injure a fellow professional on purpose, and those of my friends and team-mates who know me, know that this is not in my nature.
“I will use the time to get fitter, stronger and come back hungrier to score more goals for Brighton in the Premier League.”
Sometimes it’s best to just to fess up and get on with it, but he will be a big loss for Brighton in their next three games.
The stamp came with only three minutes to play so even if the referee had sent Hemed off it wouldn’t have mattered much to the result.
We would have preferred Tomer to have done it early in the first half – as long as the referee saw it.