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Sunderland: Ivan Toney could escape punishment for Luke O’Nien’s sending off

Sunderland: Ivan Toney could escape punishment for Luke O’Nien’s sending off

The Sunderland Echo have reported that Ivan Toney could be set to escape punishment for his part in Luke O’Nien’s sending off when Sunderland lost 3-0 to Peterborough United.

The Black Cats midfielder had his red card rescinded after an appeal, with this opening up the possibility that Toney could be punished for deceiving the referee, with the longest possible suspension being four games.

However, it is understood that Peterborough have not received any correspondence from The FA regarding any punishment for the Newcastle striker.

The sending off of O’Nien, as well as Charlie Wyke, added an extra layer of frustration to what was already a shocking match from a Sunderland point of view.

O’Nien was given a straight red in the 71st minute, when he was seen to strike out at Toney, as can be seen in the highlights video on the EFL YouTube channel.

However, it is shown that he doesn’t actually connect with Toney’s face, despite the fact the 23-year-old went down holding it.

This has led many Sunderland fans to believe he should face retrospective action for the part he played in O’Nien’s dismissal.

It seems as though Toney will not be punished for his actions, which shouldn’t be the case as his decision to go down holding his face surely will have influenced the referee’s decision.

However, with it now unlikely that anything will be done, it is an incident the club’s thoughts should move on from, as it is an unneeded source of frustration.

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