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Sunday, February 28, 1999 Published at 15:43 GMT


Le Saux should have gone, admits ref

Graeme Le Saux may still have to defend his actions against Liverpool

Referee Paul Durkin has admitted he would have sent off Graeme Le Saux had he seen the England international elbow Robbie Fowler in the 2-1 win over Liverpool.

The Chelsea left back appeared to strike Fowler after a clash between the pair just minutes before, but Durkin and his assistant referee missed the incident.

The referee will not be mentioning it in his report to the Football Association, but has since seen the television replays and is certain what punishment he would have administered.

"I saw it on television this morning and it's clear for everyone to see something has happened." said Durkin.

"What happens now is down to the FA, but from a personal point of view it was just a little bit annoying that I missed the incident."

But Le Saux could still be the victim of disciplinary action if the FA chooses to intervene.


[ image: Faustino Asprilla was charged after video evidence]
Faustino Asprilla was charged after video evidence
The governing body reserves the right to make a decision if clear evidence of foul play exists and could ask both the BBC and BSkyB to supply video tapes to aid their investigation.

Faustino Asprilla, the former Newcastle striker, was one of the most high-profile players to be punished after reference to video evidence.

In May 1996, the Columbian international was suspended for one match and fined £10,000 after clashing with Keith Curle, then of Manchester City during a Premiership game.

Last season, Newcastle and England striker Alan Shearer was cleared of deliberately kicking Leicester's Neil Lennon when the FA's disciplinary committee examined footage of the incident.



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