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Van Persie let off the hook by the FA over Cabaye incident

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Manchester United breathed a huge sigh of relief after Robin van Persie was let off the hook by the FA, who decided that the Dutchman’s actions against Yohan Cabaye during United’s game against Newcastle United on Sunday didn’t warrant a suspension, reports ESPN. Van Persie and Cabaye have endured a fractious relationship on the field over the last year and the pair were unsurprisingly involved in their share of fractious moments.

The incident in question occurred in the 2nd half when the Dutchman seemed to push his elbow into the face of Cabaye while making a forward run. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew called on the FA to take action, stating that Van Persie was clearly at fault after watching the review.

But referee Howard Webb decided on review that the striker’s actions didn’t constitute violent conduct, thus saving Man United from worrying about taking on Chelsea and Arsenal in the coming weeks without their star summer signing. Webb also cleared Cheik Tiote of any wrongdoing, specifically with regards to his stamp on Tom Cleverly in the 1st half. The referee failed to spot the incident in real-time, but even after a review the authorities have decided against punishing the midfielder.