Liverpool star escapes red card after high tackle on Brighton player
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Liverpool star Fabinho managed to avoid a red card following a high tackle on Brighton's Evan Ferguson during the FA Cup fourth round tie between the two sides on Sunday.
It was the Seagulls who progressed to round five courtesy of a late Kaoru Mitoma goal. The Japan international controlled the ball before taking a touch and looping a volleyed effort into the corner.
Roberto De Zerbi's side had gone behind in the first half, Harvey Elliott putting Liverpool ahead.
But they found the equaliser through a Tariq Lamptey effort, which deflected off Seagulls defender Lewis Dunk and into the back of the net.
It was another disappointing result for Liverpool, who have now won just one of their last six games in all competitions.
But it could have been even worse had VAR directed Fabinho to be shown a red card for a bad challenge on Ferguson.
Liverpool star Fabinho avoids red card
In the second half of the match, Fabinho lunged into a slide tackle from behind and caught the Achilles of Ferguson.
The Brazilian was immediately apologetic after the challenge, before being shown a red card by the referee.
Ferguson, meanwhile, was forced to limp off the field as a result of the tackle, and had to be replaced.
❌ Fabinho didn't get sent off for this... pic.twitter.com/17lWyav9vN— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 29, 2023
The challenge, as is common with key decisions, was sent up to VAR to be checked for a possible sending off. However, the VAR officials deemed it not worthy of a red card.
Fabinho, therefore, escaped with only a booking, and can arguably feel fortunate to have seen out the rest of the match as Liverpool conceded a late winner at the Amex Stadium.
VAR was involved in that moment as well, with there deemed to be no offside infringement in the course of the build-up to the goal.
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