Diafra Sakho ‘head-butt’ on Luke Shaw goes unpunished

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West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has avoided sanction from the Football Association after supposedly head-butting Manchester United defender Luke Shaw during the weekend encounter between the two sides.

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Sakho and Shaw were involved in a collision during the second-half of the encounter at Old Trafford which left the teenager with a black-eye. Shaw complained to assistant Andrew Garrett about the challenge, but no action was taken.

Manchester United were reported to have been furious with the incident, and the FA were encouraged to take a look at footage. But Sakho will have no case to answer after a panel decided the ‘head-butt’ not to be a red card offence.

This will likely serve as a significant irritation to Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal who was frustrated at what he deemed to be unjust treatment of Wayne Rooney, who was sent off for a tackle on Stewart Downing.

Rooney scythed down the West Ham attacker in the direct line of sight of referee Lee Mason and was given a immediate red. Van Gaal claimed Rooney’s tackle was no worse than some committed by West Ham players during the game, and while he will now be without his captain for three games, Sakho went unpunished.

Shaw future

Sakho, who scored West Ham’s goal in the 2-1 defeat, gave Shaw a stern examination during his first competitive start for Manchester United, and was booked for late tackle on the former Southampton full-back.

Shaw, however, remained unruffled despite the physicality of the opposition, and claimed after the victory that he would rather concentrate on securing more points for his side than being involved in petty spats.

It now remains to be seen if the 19-year-old, who joined for £27 million in the summer, will keep his place in Van Gaal’s starting XI. Manchester United will have Tyler Blackett and Phil Jones available for their next encounter, which could see Shaw drop to the bench.

Van Gaal had favoured Marcos Rojo as his first-choice left-back before a defensive crisis required him to move the Argentine into the centre against West Ham, and he will now have the luxury of a selection dilemma against Everton.

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