Davinson Sanchez

Tottenham’s Davinson Sanchez escapes FA punishment for North London derby incident with Laurent Koscielny

Tottenham defender Davinson Sanchez will not face retrospective punishment from the FA, following a contentious incident between he and Arsenal counterpart Laurent Koscielny during the North London derby this past weekend.

Tottenham 1-1 Arsenal

The capital rivals went head to head in a crucial Premier League clash on Saturday afternoon.

A victory for visitors Arsenal would have seen Unai Emery’s men close the gap on 3rd-placed Spurs to just a solitary point, as the race for a spot in the English top-flight’s top-4 continues to heat up.

As such, a hard-fought, tightly-contested affair was unsurprisingly played out between the two sides at Wembley.

Arsenal deservedly took the lead with a quarter of an hour on the clock, when a Davinson Sanchez mistake saw Alexandre Lacazette play Aaron Ramsey through to coolly round Hugo Lloris and slot home.

Aaron Ramsey celebrates after scoring during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Hosts Spurs went on to pull level in controversial circumstances 15 minutes from time, though, when Harry Kane stepped up to slot home from the penalty spot.

And a frenetic final 10 minutes, during which Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw a penalty of his own saved by Hugo Lloris, and Lucas Torreira given his marching orders for a dangerous challenge on Danny Rose, eventually saw the bitter rivals forced to make do with a point apiece.

Sanchez avoids ban

The incident-filled close to Saturday’s North London derby also saw an injury-time coming together between Davinson Sanchez and Laurent Koscielny raise more than a few eyebrows.

The clash saw the central-defenders tangle as Arsenal defended a Spurs set-piece to the back post, with Sanchez having appeared to push his studs into Koscielny’s knee as he attempted to get back to his feet.

As such, large sections of Arsenal’s fans have inevitably since called for Sanchez to be hit with a retrospective ban.

However, as confirmed this evening, no such action will be taken against the Colombian, with the clash having been spotted by officials at the time:

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