Danny Drinkwater slid in horrendously on Aaron Ramsey during our clash with Leicester City this past weekend, but despite the nasty nature of the challenge, the midfielder is not likely to face any retrospective action, according to Sky Sports.
Memories of Aaron Ramsey’s leg break against Stoke came rushing back following the challenge, certainly for the fans, and most likely for the player as well. Studs up and with plenty of force, on another day it could have done some real damage, yet referee Martin Atkinson didn’t even deem it a foul.
It should really have been a red card, but instead Drinkwater has got away scot-free with a really nasty challenge. Ramsey clearly wasn’t happy with the tackle, but he was at least pleased that Drinkwater apologised straight after the game.
“Yes @the_baldwinners, was a sore one but credit to him, apologised straight after the game,” Ramsey wrote on Twitter (via Sky Sports).
The Foxes were already without Danny Simpson, who was sent off for his second bookable offense in a matter of minutes. Being down to nine men could have really made things difficult, and potentially would have seen us put the game to bed early rather than having to wait for the last gasp winner.
This is not the worst example of a tackle going unpunished by any means, but it is once again an incident that highlights the need for changes to the way the rules work. So many players have gotten away with leg breaking challenges in the past, and yet referees and the FA hide behind the fact that the official on the day may have seen the challenge from one awkward angle or another.
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In the end here Ramsey was uninjured, the decision didn’t cost us the game, and we sent the league leaders away with none of the points. That’s not always the case with these types of decision though, and something needs to be done.