Havertz gets booked for ‘stupid’ challenge – but so do three Newcastle players
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    Kai Havertz was lucky to remain on the pitch when he launched into a wild tackle on Sean Longstaff on Saturday evening.

    Newcastle United and Arsenal's clash was already threatning to simmer over, when Havertz flew off his feet to clatter into Longstaff. St James' Park erupted, all demanding to see the German given his marching orders.

    Newcastle players immediately surrounded Havertz, with the pushing and shoving that ensued seeing three Newcastle players booked – including Longstaff. Gary Neville, who was on co-commentary for Sky Sports, said: "Well what is he doing?

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    "Arsenal have complete control of the game, now it’s all boiling over and that is a stupid, stupid challenge. I think it was dangerous rather than reckless."

    Sorry but that's a Red. Havertz needed air traffic control clearance there," one fan fumed on social media. And a second joked: "Sean Longstaff getting booked for nearly getting his ankle snapped in half by Kai Havertz is quite the outcome!"

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    However, Arsenal fans were livid that Bruno Guimeares was allowed to stay on the pitch after he appearing to lash out at Jorginho. The Brazilian appeared to use his forehand to strike Jorginho – but he got away without a card.

    Guimeares could then have picked up his second yellow of the afternoon, when he booted the ball at Jorginho a couple of minutes later and then sprinted over to Declan Rice.

    Boos rang around St James' Park when the first half was brought to a close – with both sets of fans convinced the other side should be down a man.

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