By Chris Wright
Bearing in mind that you could probably rupture Robin van Persie’s spleen if you stared at him hard enough, it’s little wonder that Diego Lugano’s reckless, two-footed stomp after only 30 minutes of last night’s ‘friendly’ between Holland and Uruguay didn’t land the Arsenal crock in an Intensive Care ward…
As you can see, Bert van Marwijk definitely thought it was a red card offence and we’re inclined to agree, though the referee somehow arrived at the conclusion that Lugano’s nasty little lunge wasn’t even worthy of a yellow – in fact, the official didn’t even award Holland a free-kick.
The game restarted from a throw-in!
We can forgive the ref for thinking Van Persie just fell apart in the wind, but the audible crunch of stud on bone is surely a give away – Christ, even Nigel de Jong is appalled at what he saw.
The game eventually went to penalties and given that, miraculously, RVP had managed to limp through the full 90 minutes, he was able to step up and fire one home from the spo…
…ah. Oh dear.