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The Spurs defender has escaped a potential ban for a challenge which prematurely ended the striker’s participation in the game after Lee Probert revealed he saw the incident

Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto has escaped punishment from the FA for his horror tackle on Wigan’s Franco Di Santo.

Referee Lee Probert admitted he saw the tackle and decided to take no action at the time in his report to the FA.

The challenge during the Premier League clash resulted in Di Santo picking up a large cut on his shin, and ended the Argentine's participation in the game.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez was left outraged that the player went without as much as a caution for the challenge, also stating his relief that the injury went no further than the cut on the player’s leg.

"We were very fortunate because Franco escaped the tackle with a minor injury and I've seen broken legs from [tackles like] that," Martinez explained.

Assou-Ekotto could have faced a retrospective three-match ban for the challenge had the referee not seen it.