Nigel Pearson to escape FA punishment

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Nigel Pearson's touchline incident with Crystal Palace’s James McArthur on Saturday is set to go unpunished but the Football Association, according to the Daily Mail.

The Leicester City manager was knocked to the floor by the midfielder as he fell over off the pitch. Pearson then proceeded to wrap his hand around the throat of Scottish international.

As McArthur then got to his feet and tried to run back onto the pitch, Pearson refused to let go of the player’s shirt.

FA powerless to take action

Only the intervention of the fourth official Peter Bankes and Alan Pardew saw Pearson let go of McArthur.

Because match referee Lee Mason came across and spoke to the Foxes manager, the FA will be left powerless to take any further action.

McArthur took to Social Media site Sports Lobster to diffuse the situation as he explained: "Situation with me and Nigel Pearson is getting blown out of proportion."

After the full time whistle Pearson was asked about the incident where he told reporters.

"He said something to me, I don't have to reveal anything do I. I think I'm more than capable of looking after myself," he added. "Listen, I've got a lot of respect for lad, I think he's a good player."

Failed transfer denial

Leicester tried to sign McArthur in the summer but failed to agree a deal with Palace for him. Pearson denied it the scuffle had anything to do with the failed transfer.

"Clearly you know what happened in the summer with the possibility of him coming here," he continued. "I'm as disappointed as how he was with how things possibly panned but that's nothing to do with me or the player."

Pearson has been in trouble with the FA in the past where he told a fan to ‘**** and die’ after his side lost to Liverpool in December.

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