Kai Havertz SHOULD have been sent off for diving moments before scoring Arsenal’s crucial winner vs Brentford

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KAI HAVERTZ wrongly escaped a red card shortly before his Arsenal winner against Brentford, a review panel has confirmed.

Bees’ manager Thomas Frank and many fans were furious Havertz did not get a second yellow card for diving on March 9.

Kai Havertz collapsed without contact from Nathan Collins

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Kai Havertz collapsed without contact from Nathan CollinsCredit: AFP
An independent panel has ruled that Havertz did dive

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An independent panel has ruled that Havertz did diveCredit: PA
The striker went on to head Arsenal back to the top of the Prem

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The striker went on to head Arsenal back to the top of the PremCredit: AP

Now the Key Match Incidents (KMI) panel has agreed – deciding Havertz should have been booked for “a clear act of simulation”.

The frontman went on to head the Gunners back to the top of the Premier League via a late 2-1 victory at the Emirates.

Frank led the shocked reaction over referee Rob Jones failing to send the the in-form ace off.

The Dane said: “I actually don’t think Havertz should be on the pitch when he scored the goal.

“For me it was a clear dive when it was a penalty shout. If you see it back slowly it’s clear.

“Maybe it’s difficult for the ref but the linesman should have seen it, in my opinion.”

Havertz had already been booked for elbowing Kristoffer Ajer.

He then tumbled dramatically when Brentford defender Nathan Collins challenged him in the box.

Replays later backed up the claims from Bees’ players that Collins had made NO contact with Havertz.

And a flood of supporters on social media were just as aggrieved that the £65million star was allowed to continue – especially as he soon nodded a decisive goal.

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The Times say an independent KMI body, whose job is to assess major decisions in games, has agreed the ex-Chelsea attacker should have been penalised.

One fan posted: “That was a very clear dive and if it were to be a Brentford player in that position he would have been shown a red easily.”

Another wrote: “Pretty sure almost everyone agrees except Arsenal supporters.”

But some fans claimed the Gunners should have been awarded two penalties in the same match.



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