Watford captain Troy Deeney sent off for elbowing Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira… a season after he said the Gunners lack ‘cojones’ as Neville insists ‘referees are aware of previous statements’
- Troy Deeney was dismissed 11 minutes into Watford’s home clash with Arsenal
- The Hornets striker appeared to elbow Gunners midfielder Lucas Torreira
- Deeney remonstrated with referee Craig Pawson before eventually walking off
- He took off his shirt as he left the field and exchanged words with Unai Emery
- In a post-match interview, the 30-year-old once said Arsenal lacked ‘cojones’
- Sky pundit Gary Neville suggested Pawson was ‘aware of previous statements’
Troy Deeney was shown a red card just 11 minutes into Watford’s Premier League encounter with Arsenal at Vicarage Road.
The Hornets striker appeared to elbow Gunners midfielder Lucas Torreira as he made a cross-field pass.
The 30-year-old was instantly shown a red card by referee Craig Pawson, much to the bemusement of the home crowd.
Troy Deeney was dismissed 11 minutes into Watford’s home clash with Arsenal
Deeney made a remark aimed towards the fourth official as he left the field
The Hornets striker appeared to elbow Gunners midfielder Lucas Torreira
Deeney eventually agreed to leave the field after remonstrating with Pawson and questioning Torreira’s role in the incident.
The marksman appeared to label the official’s decision ‘a f****** embarrassment’ as he parted.
The former Walsall man pulled off his shirt in disgust and flung his captain’s armband towards a team-mate before making his way towards the dugout.
Torreira reacts after Deeney’s robust challenge, holding his face as he falls to the floor
Deeney remonstrated with referee Craig Pawson before eventually walking off
Deeney was dismissed just one minute after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had given the visitors the lead, charging down Ben Foster’s hesitant clearance.
He saved some of his anger for Arsenal boss Unai Emery, pointing back towards Torreira and shouting ‘he’s a f****** p****.’
The ordeal heightens tensions between Arsenal and the Watford No 9 after he said the Gunners lacked ‘cojones’ during their 2-1 defeat at Vicarage Road in October 2017.
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville said: ‘The linesman has got a great view of it. I think 15 years ago, he’s not done a lot wrong. Now, he’s got nowhere to go.
‘These referees, they’re aware of previous statements and players being fired up for a game. Deeney just oversteps the line.’
He took exception to the way Torreira went to ground moments after the opening goal
The 30-year-old was seen watching the final minutes of the first half from the tunnel
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