WEST HAM’S Arthur Masuaku could consider himself fortunate to avoid a red card after appearing to plant his foot on the back Theo Walcott’s head.
The England winger was left in agony on the turf after the pair collided following a lofted pass.
Masuaku launched into the challenge with a dangerously high boot with his studs pointing towards the head of Walcott.
His left boot then landed on his neck as the Everton winger struggled to back out of the challenge.
The referee did show Masuaku a yellow card but replays appear to prove that the 24-year-old was lucky not to be sent off.
Viewers flocked to Twitter to share their disbelief that Masuaku was still on the pitch.
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One said: “I’m not sure what was worse: The referee not sending off Masuaku or Everton’s general first half performance.”
Another joked: “I think the ref has done Everton a favour by letting Masuaku stay on.”
One Everton fan simply commented: “How is Masuaku still on the pitch?”
Toffees boss Marco Silva may have a few harsh words after the contest if his side fail to pick up points following a poor first period.
Andriy Yarmolenko scored twice on his full West Ham debut before Gylfi Sigurdsson headed Everton back into the contest on the stroke of half time.