Arsenal captain Van Persie escapes FA punishment over Cuellar 'elbow'
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie will face no further action over an incident involving Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar during Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round match at the Emirates Stadium.
Villa boss Alex McLeish called for the Football Association to take retrospective action against the Dutchman for what he claimed was an elbow on the Spaniard, but match referee Mike Jones has told the FA he saw the incident and decided it was not worthy of punishment.
At the double: Van Persie scored two penalties in the comeback win over Villa
McLeish said on Sunday, following his
side's 3-2 defeat: 'I thought it was a clear elbow, but the referee did
not seem to think there was anything in it.
'Would I like the FA to look at it
Yes, if it was an elbow in the face – look at my nose, it is a result of
elbows all my career. It is something which is dangerous.
'I never mentioned it to the referee. I saw it in real time.
'I don't like to point the finger at players, but it has happened to mine enough times.'
Angry: McLeish had urged the FA to take retrospective action
Two Van Persie penalties either side
of a fortuitous Theo Walcott goal helped the Gunners erase first-half
goals from Richard Dunne and Darren Bent and set up a last-16 meeting
with Sunderland or Middlesbrough.
The Gunners have had a player banned
retrospectively this season, with Alex Song handed a three-match
suspension for a stamp on then Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton in
August which was not seen by referee Peter Walton.