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Gerrard lucky to escape charge

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Michael Brown believes Steven Gerrard "got away" with elbowing him the back of the head, but maintains there is no lingering hard feelings towards the England midfielder.

Liverpool captain Gerrard seemed to strike Brown in the 73rd minute of the Barclays Premier League clash at Anfield on Monday night, and was substituted immediately afterwards. However, the FA were unable to take any retrospective disciplinary action as referee Stuart Attwell saw the incident at the time and spoke to Gerrard after awarding Portsmouth a free-kick.

Brown quipped: "It is fantastic if you can get away with it, isn't it? It is amazing. He has obviously caught me, but let's move on."

The Pompey midfielder added: "I am not here to say he should be suspended, he has got away with it, and we move on.

"But if it had been me, I am sure I would have got a three-match ban, no question.

"It was not a huge deal. Yes, he could have got punished, but he didn't.

"He could have got a three-match ban, but the referee says he has seen it, and there is no problem from me.

"Good luck to him, if the FA feel they do not need to punish him, then fair play."

At Wigan, Gerrard escaped punishment after appearing to flash a V-sign at referee Andre Marriner.

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