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Ben White to Face Calls for Long Ban After Footage Emerges of Him Allegedly ‘Cheating’ at Brighton

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Ben White Faces Calls for Long Ban After Footage Emerges of Him Allegedly ‘Cheating’ at Brighton


Ben White faced criticism for his perceived playacting during Arsenal’s 3-0 victory over Brighton, where he previously began his career. In an off-the-ball incident with Seagulls defender Pervis Estupinan, White nudged his opponent, who then pushed back. White dramatically fell to the ground, clutching his throat, which drew ire from fans and pundits alike.

Fans took to social media to express their frustration, labeling White’s actions as “embarrassing” and calling for disciplinary action. Some suggested that the incident warranted a yellow card or even retrospective punishment for bringing the game into disrepute.

Gary Lineker said on The Rest is Football podcast : “Should we mention the Ben White incident?” Alan Shearer responded: “Yes we should! What a f*g joke.”

Lineker continued: “What I don’t understand, I don’t like and never have liked play-acting. I don’t get it or understand why players do it, but especially now when you’ve got so many cameras at the ground and you’ve got VAR anyway that will look back at incidents.

“Do you not think to yourself, that’s a bit embarrassing doing that? And Ben White is not the only one by the way, lots of players do it, but I just don’t know why you’d bring that on yourself. You just look at prat.” Shearer went on to say it was “very embarrassing.”

Despite the controversy, Arsenal’s victory propelled them to the top of the Premier League table, although Liverpool’s subsequent draw with Manchester United saw them retain top spot on goal difference.

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