Michael Owen may have been lucky to escape a yellow or even a red card on Saturday after his angry punch thrown at Mikel Arteta towards the end of the bad-tempered game between Arsenal and Stoke, but he may regret that the referee didn’t deal with it immediately as he is now open to an investigation by the FA.
Owen’s manager Tony Pulis admitted that Owen shouldn’t have reacted so strongly, but he is waiting expectantly for the FA to make an announcement. He said: “Arteta’s challenge was a poor challenge but Michael shouldn’t do that.”
“That should be left to the referee.
“We will see what they say. Obviously I’m going to be biased because this is my football club, my team. If Michael has done what they say he has done, then they will look at it.”
Well the video evidence (below) makes it quite clear that Owen struck Arteta on the shoulder before dashing away so it is fully expected that he will be punished by the FA…