Bernd Leno is reportedly set to escape punishment after confronting a ballboy during Fulham’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth on Tuesday.
The Cottagers were in poor form and lost 3–0 at the Vitality Stadium.
Justin Kluivert put Bournemouth ahead in the 44th minute of the match.
And Dominic Solanke and Luis Sinisterra struck to ensure the Cherries took all three points.
Bernd Leno is set to escape punishment after shoving a ballboy during Fulham’s Premier League defeat to Bournemouth
As Fulham’s day goes from bad to worse, Leno clashes with a ballboy.
The goalkeeper was clearly angry at the teenager for catching the ball and pushed the young player.
Fans criticized Leno and called on the FA to take action, reminiscent of scenes when Eden Hazard pushed back a ballboy in 2013.
According to the Daily Mail, however, Leno is set to avoid any punishment.
The former Arsenal and Bayer Leverkusen star was already in yellow at the time of the incident.
But the matter seems to end there after the referee chose to send Leno off.
Fulham will be relieved by that result, especially as the west London side are struggling at the moment.
They have lost their last three Premier League matches, with a defeat to Bournemouth followed by defeats to Burnley and Newcastle.
Meanwhile, Fulham boss Marco Silva has defended Leno after the defeat to Bournemouth – insisting his goalkeeper had ‘touched’ the ballboy rather than pushed him.
“I talked to Bernd about it,” the Portuguese said.
“It’s clear he spoke to the boy after that moment.
“He is a top professional, he wanted to play fast but the ballboy was holding the ball.
“I don’t know who instructed them to keep it.
“He touched the ballboy, didn’t push him – those are different things.
“I’m not English but I know the difference.
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“He touched her.
“The fourth official was clear that the ball boys were delaying the game.
“We wanted to play early. The ballboys did their job with instructions to delay the game.
“At that moment the referee decided to end multi-ball.”
However, Bournemouth boss Andoni Ierola objected to Silva’s comments and said that the ballboy had not been ordered to slow down the game.
Fulham were in poor form after losing 3-0 to Bournemouth on Tuesday
“I don’t want to make anything up because I don’t see it happening again,” he said.
“I don’t know exactly what happened but everyone has to be careful because they are guys who are trying to help not only Bournemouth but all parties involved.”