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Ben Godfrey was extremely lucky as he managed to avoid a red card during Everton's game with Arsenal, after appearing to stamp on Takehiro Tomiyasu's face.
Everton were in desperate need for a win on Monday night, having failed to win in their previous eight games and been hammered by Liverpool in the Merseyside derby last week.
Their poor form had seen director of football Marcel Brands be sacked and even rumours of Rafa Benitez being replaced by Jose Mourinho started to surface.
Against Arsenal, Benitez really need to hope none of his players did anything to wreck their chances of finally ending their winless run, and the manager would have been extremely grateful to Mike Dean and VAR missing one huge incident.
Godfrey stamped on the face of Tomiyasu in the 29th minute, with the Arsenal full back falling to the floor after a tussle with Allan before Godfrey came across.
Whilst it didn't look malicious, it was still a dangerous challenge from the 23-year-old and fans were shocked to see him not get any sort of punishment.
How do you look at this and say nothing wrong with it play on 😂😂😂😂 shambles https://t.co/FGhNd3X6lu— Jamie Glen (@JamieGlen99) December 6, 2021
Fam I’m genuinely gob smacked, this is probably the worst no card I’ve ever seen. A man put his whole size 9 on his chin and walked away Scot free??????????? https://t.co/Pwvg7vM1qG— LW. (@highpresss) December 6, 2021
Ben Godfrey very, very lucky.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) December 6, 2021
Godfrey has just tried to take Tomiyasu's face off.— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) December 6, 2021
VAR is a joke. Imagine if this was Xhaka, he would've been sent off immediately. Godfrey literally stood on his chin and didn't even get a yellow card. pic.twitter.com/uvpgnUmjOm— FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) December 6, 2021
No way, please explain how Godfrey not received red. #EVEARS— Terry (@TerrySpringer19) December 6, 2021
There had been talk of a walk out in the 27th minute by Everton fans, in protest over the poor running of the club, with anger having risen following last week's hammering by Liverpool.
That never took place so plenty of fans were still in their seats to see Godfrey's moment of good fortune, and the home fans soon had something to cheer.
Richarlison headed in a free kick in the 44th minute but this time VAR did interfere, and showed the Brazilian was just fractionally offside.
Things got even worse for Bentiez's side on the stroke of half time, as Martin Odegaard made it 1-0 in the second minute of injury time at the end of the first half.
Extremely fortunately they still have all 11 players to try and turn things around in the second half.
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