Van Persie cleared by FA

Villa boss Alex McLeish called for the Football Association to

take retrospective action against the Dutchman for what he claimed

was an elbow on the Spaniard, but match referee Mike Jones has told

the FA he saw the incident and decided it was not worthy of

punishment.

McLeish said on Sunday, following his side’s 3-2 defeat: “I

thought it was a clear elbow, but the referee did not seem to think

there was anything in it.

“Would I like the FA to look at it? Yes, if it was an elbow in

the face – look at my nose, it is a result of elbows all my career.

It is something which is dangerous.

“I never mentioned it to the referee. I saw it in real time.

“I don’t like to point the finger at players, but it has

happened to mine enough times.”

Two Van Persie penalties either side of a fortuitous Theo

Walcott goal helped the Gunners erase first-half goals from Richard

Dunne and Darren Bent and set up a last-16 meeting with Sunderland

or Middlesbrough.

The Gunners have had a player banned retrospectively this

season, with Alex Song handed a three-match suspension for a stamp

on then Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton in August which was not

seen by referee Peter Walton.