Lukaku escapes ban over Bong kick

Lukaku escapes ban over Bong kick

During a keenly fought encounter at Old Trafford, Lukaku appeared to kick out at Brighton's Cameroonian defender Gaetan Bong.

The incident was missed by referee Neil Swarbrick, meaning that the Football Association (FA) were permitted to intervene and reviewe the evidence provided it was also omitted from his post-match report.

Watford, Arsenal and Manchester City must all be asking if there are other reasons behind the leniency shown to the country's biggest club.

Lukaku appeared to twice swing a leg at Bong as the two players came together in the build-up to United's victor on the day, but referee Neil Swarbrick took no action.

If there is no mention of the incident in Swarbrick's report, the FA can still independently look at the footage and make a retrospective decision.

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"The way Romelu wins the corner for the goal, the way he ends the game making tackles in the left-back position, that's the mentality I want". And unfortunately not every player is the same.

The 24-year-old has scored just once in last 10 games but Mourinho believes he offers much more than goals on the pitch, inspiring teammates to follow his lead and work harder.

However, Sky Sports News understands that the panel could not agree that an offence was committed and Lukaku, therefore, avoids what could have been a three-game ban for violent conduct. So Romelu, for me, [is] fantastic.

Having Ibrahimovic back and available for United is a bonus, especially as there is a possibility of Lukaku picking up a suspension for tangling with Brighton's Gaetan Bong at the weekend. "Didn't score, I don't care".