Gomes stamped on Aleksandar Mitrovic’s ankle towards the end of the game and
“I think he may well be getting a call from the FA today,” Gallagher said on Ref Watch (Sky Sports, Monday, 11.50am).
“The referee doesn’t see it but you see here, not only does he deliberately go for him but he turns his boot.”
Sky Sports pundit Phil Babb agreed saying, “He’s bang to rights, no need for it, they’ve been at it all game and I think retrospective action will happen.”
This seems pretty clear cut in what was a bad tempered game at Craven Cottage. It was completely unnecessary and there’s not even a shred of an argument that says he was going for the ball. Gomes was lucky to get away with it in the game – if the ref had seen it he’d have been off – but he won’t be so fortunate afterwards. We’re not entirely sure how players think they’re going to get away with something like that with cameras recording almost every angle of every tackle on the pitch. It was a pretty shocking result for Everton, against a team who had only won four games before Saturday, and Marco Silva will likely now have to do without an influential player when the FA makes its ruling. It was a big chance to leap into seventh in the league with Leicester losing on Friday, but now they’ll drop to tenth if Watford get anything out of their game against Arsenal tonight.