Troy Deeney made headlines earlier this month after criticising Arsenal’s players following Watford’s victory over Arsene Wenger’s side at Vicarage Road.
The 29-year-old, who scored Watford’s equaliser against the Gunners from the penalty spot, said Arsenal lacked “cojones” during a post-match discussion on BT Sport and pretty much everyone agreed.
Plenty of Arsenal fans also concurred at the time, although others were angry with the striker’s comments. Who was Deeney to say that Arsenal’s players, some of whom have enjoyed incredible success during their careers, lack balls?
Deeney, after all, has achieved little in his career compared to the likes of Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker, two World Cup winners.
The powerful centre-forward has spent most of his career playing in the Football League with Watford and Walsall before that. He also did time in prison back in 2012 after being found guilty of attacking a group of students.
Video: What Deeney did to Joe Allen
Arsenal fans exacted revenge on Deeney today by tearing into the striker on social media for what he did to Stoke City’s Joe Allen.
In the final minute of stoppage-time, the two players clashed and Deeney reacted by grabbing Allen’s face.
Watch the incident here…
Deeney somehow avoided a red card
Incredibly, Deeney avoided a red card for the altercation. Instead, Michael Oliver showed both the forward and Allen yellow cards.
Football fans want Deeney banned
But football fans on social media - particularly Arsenal supporters - believe Deeney deserves a ban from the Football Association for violent conduct.
Check out these tweets…
Mark Hughes reacts
Stoke boss Mark Hughes, meanwhile, believes the incident should be investigated.
"It was unfortunate and unnecessary because we kicked the ball out when Pieters was down," the Welshman was quoted as saying by the Watford Observer. "The spirit of the game is to throw it back, but Deeney, the captain, should know better and tried to put the ball in the box and that’s when Joe reacts.
"I’ve seen pictures of raised hands and thumbnails in faces and that’s not really necessary.
"I’m not sure [if it will be a ban]. More often than not those situations get re-visited by people in authorities and decisions made as a consequence and maybe we should let that take its course."
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