Watford Forward Cleared Of Simulation During Arsenal Game

Watford star Richarlison has been cleared of alleged simulation by the English FA after he won his London side a penalty during their 2-1 win over city rivals Arsenal on Saturday evening in what was an English Premier League (EPL) clash.

The 20-year old Brazilian went down following a challenge from Arsenal’s Spanish right back Hector Bellerin to earn a spot-kick which club captain Troy Deene converted to equalise.

When asked about the incident after the game, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger called the penalty award a “scandalous decision”.

The incident was taken to a Football Association simulation panel but they decided that the Brazilian forward had no case to answer.

This represents the first time the panel has been used in the EPL this season.

The new ruled to punish players for “successful deception of a match official” were introduced by the FA at the start of the season.

A three-person panel, selected from 13 former players, managers and officials, reviews the footage to decide whether there is any simulation case to answer.