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Man United's Romelu Lukaku Escapes Punishment for Kick at Defender

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has escaped a possible three match ban in the English Premier League and is available to face Watford on Tuesday night at the Vicarage Road.

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Updated:November 27, 2017, 8:10 PM IST
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Man United's Romelu Lukaku Escapes Punishment for Kick at Defender
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Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has escaped a possible three match ban in the English Premier League and is available to face Watford on Tuesday night at the Vicarage Road.

Lukaku was facing a retrospective ban for allegedly kicking out at Brighton Hove Albion defender Gaetan Bong in United's 1-0 victory at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The incident which was missed by the referee Neil Swarbrick and was also not included in the ref's match report, was referred to a panel of three former Premier League referees by the Football Association. The former Everton man would have been handed a ban if there was unanimous agreement that the incident warranted a sending off, but that was not the case.

Video footage and photographs though has caught the striker aiming two kicks at Bong in the lead up to Ashley Young's deflected winner. The first kick did not make any contact, but the second seemed to have hit the Brighton defender on his stomach.

The Belgian striker who moved to Manchester United from Everton for 75 million GBP in the summer transfer window has not been among the goals in recent matches, but was afforded high praise for his excellent workrate by manager Jose Mourinho.

The 24 year old, who if banned, would have missed the league games against Watford, Arsenal and Manchester City began his stint with the Red Devils with 10 goals from his first nine appearances, but has seen his form dip in recent weeks as he has managed only one goal in his last 10 games.

Since his arrival in the summer Lukaku, who is great friends with Paul Pogba, has played 20 matches and scored 12 goals for Manchester United.
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