Watford captain Troy Deeney reportedly labelled Lucas Torreira a ‘f*****g p***y’ after being sent off for elbowing the Arsenal midfielder.
The Gunners took an early lead at Vicarage Road when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang chased down a clearance by Ben Foster which rebounded into the Hornets’ net.
Deeney was then sent off less than two minutes later when he appeared to catch Torreira with a out-swinging arm as he closed down the Uruguayan. Replays showed Deeney had not elbowed the midfielder and was perhaps unlucky to be sent off.
The forward remonstrated with referee Craig Pawson but eventually had to make his way off the field. However, Deeney did not leave quietly and he was seeing shouting at Unai Emery as he made his way down the tunnel.
TV cameras picked up Deeney shouting: ‘He’s a f*****g p***y’ in Emery’s direction, while pointing at the field to refer to Torreira.
Deeney then proclaimed: ‘I ran past him’, claiming that he didn’t touch the midfielder. On his way off the field, the striker labelled the ref’s decision a ‘f*****g embarrassment’ but he’s not expected to be successful with an appeal and will miss the next three games.
Deeney could also be further punished for his language and demonstration towards the referee, Emery and Torreira.
The victory for the Gunners restored Arsenal into the top four and they’re now favourites to finish above Manchester United and Chelsea in the coveted Champions League spots.
Arsenal take on Napoli in Italy on Thursday as they look to progress to the semi-finals of the Europa League. They take a 2-0 lead to Naples.