Albion centre-back Ahmed Hegazi has escaped punishment after the FA chose not to mount a violent conduct charge against the Egyptian.
Hegazi appeared to punch Danny Ings in the stomach after a challenge during Albion’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool at the Hawthorns on Saturday.
The second-half incident was not spotted at the time by referee Stuart Attwell, nor was it included in his match report.
A three-man panel of former referees reviewed footage of the clash, but found no cause to prosecute the Albion man.
Hegazi would have been hit with a minimum three-match ban had he been charged and found guilty of violent conduct.
Such a sanction would have ruled Hegazi out for the rest of Albion’s season.
The News will have relieved Darren Moore who has started Hegazi in each of his three matches in caretaker charge.
Moore was asked about the incident immediately after the match.
“I’ve heard about it now from the TV crews,” he said. “I didn’t see it at the time.
“When I go back downstairs I’ll get hold of our analysis boys to have a look at it.
“I was that engrossed in the game I didn’t see the incident. We’ll have a look at the incident as a football club and deal with it accordingly.
“I can’t say whether I’ll be happy or disappointed until I’ve seen it. Once I’ve seen it I can give my own view.
“I’d be commenting on speculating on something I’ve not seen.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was furious after his side surrendered a two-goal lead in the final ten minutes to draw with the Baggies.
The German blamed the dry Hawthorns playing surface and accused Attwell of siding with Albion on big decisions.
Not just with the Hegazi incident, but also a penalty appeal when Craig Dawson bundled over Ings as he chased a loose ball inside the box.
“We are very respectful of Liverpool and very respectful of Jurgen Klopp,” Moore said. “I think he’s a fantastic manager, an excellent human being.
“In terms of the decisions, you’d have to speak to the referee.
“I thought the referee had a good game, played the game well and it was two teams not holding back.
“It was two teams going all out to try and win a game of football.”
Moore also disagreed with Klopp about the pitch.
The Baggies boss, who has collected five points from his first three games, rubbished suggestions the pitch had been under-watered as a ploy to slow Liverpool down.
“Number one, I was focused on the game and number two we watered the pitch before the game but it was hot, red hot,” he said. “It’s different now the weather’s changing. It was a red hot afternoon.
“I wasn’t focusing on the pitch. My focus was on the game. I had enough to worry about. The pitch is there for both teams.”
Source : BirminghamMail