Monk: Everton’s Arouna Kone lucky to not be sent off

Swansea City manager Garry Monk believes Everton striker Arouna Kone could have been sent off in the 1-1 draw at the Liberty stadium, with replays showing that the Ivorian had gone into an aerial challenging using his arm on City defender Federico Fernandez, reports Sky Sports.

Swansea City and Everton took a share of the spoils on Saturday afternoon, but the home side’s chances of victory could have been greater with a man advantage they felt they should have had when Kone appeared to use his arm on Fernandez.

The Swansea defender was seemingly in pain on the floor following the clash, but Kone was given just a tallow card for his part in the foul. Garry Monk was angered by the decision, as he felt many players are given red cards for less of a foul than Kone’s, so he was left criticising the lack of consistency from referees.

After the game, Everton manager Roberto Martinez failed to commend on the incident between Kone and Fernandez, but his counterpart was contrastingly very opinionated on the matter. Monk believes the Toffees striker was very fortunate to have remained on the pitch.

“I’ve seen players sent off for less than that. I don’t want to see players sent off but I thought it was a hard challenge. Federico was the clear favourite to get the ball and I thought he (Kone) was lucky to get away with that,” he said.

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