Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has escaped FA ban over alleged kick on Brighton’s Gaetan Bong.
Lukaku twice appeared to kick out at Bong during the second half of the 1-0 win over Brighton at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The incident was not included in referee Neil Swarbrick’s match report and, after reviewing video footage, an FA panel failed to come to a unanimous verdict, meaning the 24-year-old will not be charged.
The decision means Lukaku has escaped a three-match domestic ban which would have seen him miss league games against Watford, Arsenal and Manchester City.
The Belgium international striker scored 12 goals in 20 games since joining United from Everton in a £75 million deal in the summer but after starting his United career with 11 goals in his first 10 games, he has scored just once in his last 10.