FERNANDINHO bizarrely escaped any punishment for appearing to aim his studs at Mason Mount’s FACE in the FA Cup semi-final.
Fernandinho’s boot came very close to Mason Mount’s face
Mount motioned that he was caught in the face
Mount’s turn had beaten Fernandinho who sent him crashing to the deck
The 35-year-old then appeared to try and hurdle over Mount with his right boot appearing to catch his opponent’s eye.
Mount could clearly be seen mouthing that he had been caught on the face but referee Mike Dean did not produce a card.
On BBC Sport at half-time, host Gary Lineker said: “There was an element of a stamp on Mount.
“It looks like he’s actually tried to avoid stamping on him as much as anything.”
Alan Shearer added: “You can see him just try to pull his foot out of the way, I think he thinks about it for a split second… he just does enough to pull his foot out of the way.
“So no, there’s nothing in it.”
Former Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole agreed and said: “It could have been totally worse.
“I don’t think Mason is touched. Or at least not touched hard enough.
“It’s one of these things, you’re playing in a semi-final, tempers will flare up.”
Fernandinho’s foot made a stamping motion but it appeared to be unintentional
The Blues dominated possession in the first-half but neither side could force an opener in an uneventful 45 minutes.
Hakim Ziyech did have the ball in the net only for Timo Werner to be belatedly flagged offside.
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