In an uneventful first half at the Emirates today, the entertainment was limited to a few incidents, Olivier Giroud’s goal ruled out for offside among other things.
And the main ‘other thing’ in that first 45 minutes was former Villarreal centre half Gabriel’s nasty looking two footed challenge on Hornets forward and captain Troy Deeney was not punished and the defender escaped being sent off. It was a nasty looking tackle into a 50/50 ball, but whereas Deeney kept his studs down in his attempt to win the ball, Gabriel went in with two feet and with his studs right into Deeney’s legs.
On a weekend where Chelsea’s Diego Costa was sent off for his aggressive behaviour as well as Gareth Barry receiving his marching orders for two yellow card offences in Everton’s 2-0 win over the Blues, the failure to give Gabriel a red card which could’ve ended in a very nasty injury to Troy Deeney provoked outrage on Twitter.
That Andre Marriner decision not to even blow for a foul for that assault by Gabriel on Deeney one of the worst I've seen for a long time.
— Adam Crafton (@AdamCrafton_) March 13, 2016
That challenge from Gabriel was worse than anything Diego did yesterday. Won’t get the same headlines though, you know, witch hunt etc.
— Chelsea HQ (@Chelsea_HQ) March 13, 2016
>Costa red, Gabriel nothing…. #moderfootball
— Rodney Marsh (@RodneyMarsh10) March 13, 2016
Gabriel should be off. Dangerous challenge on Deeney. Not in control. Marriner couldn't have been closer.
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) March 13, 2016
Horrible tackle by Gabriel – could have broken his leg. Should have been sent off. #AFCvWFC
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 13, 2016
— Europcar Sport (@EuropcarSport) February 28, 2016