Nigel Pearson escapes punishment after grabbing James McArthur by the throat... but is reminded of responsibilities by FA

Nigel Pearson has escaped punishment for appearing to throttle James McArthur but has been reminded of his responsibilities by the Football Association.

Leicester boss Pearson appeared to grab McArthur around the throat during Crystal Palace's 1-0 win at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

The FA is understood to have contacted Pearson, who had been rumoured to have been sacked on Sunday, but will not take any further action against the Foxes boss. 

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson escaped punishment from the FA for grabbing James McArhur by the throat

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson escaped punishment from the FA for grabbing James McArhur by the throat

Pearson proceeded to hold on to the Crystal Palace midfielder's top and would not let go 

Pearson proceeded to hold on to the Crystal Palace midfielder's top and would not let go 

 The FA are believed to have contacted Pearson warning him of his responsibilities

 The FA are believed to have contacted Pearson warning him of his responsibilities

 Pearson was rumoured to have been sacked on Sunday night as his side sit bottom of the Premier League

 Pearson was rumoured to have been sacked on Sunday night as his side sit bottom of the Premier League

Leicester, who are still rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table, take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.

Pearson has attempted to laugh off his touchline scuffle with Palace's record signing McArthur, who almost joined Leicester when leaving Wigan last summer.

Leicester manager Pearson rounded on Match of the Day pundits after the BBC show's panel condemned his handling of the incident with the Palace midfielder.

Pearson accused the BBC pundits of making 'a mountain out of a molehill'.

Gary Lineker branded the incident 'strange', while Danny Murphy questioned any 'underlying' issue after McArthur's transfer from Wigan to Leicester collapsed in the summer.

Pearson said: 'I thought they were slightly disruptive, yes. I don't care what they think of me, I pay my tax bills. I didn't see it until the morning.

Pearson faced the media on Monday and accused BBC pundits of making 'a mountain out of a molehill' 

Pearson faced the media on Monday and accused BBC pundits of making 'a mountain out of a molehill' 

The Leicester manager claimed that the incident was 'very light-hearted' and there was nothing in it

The Leicester manager claimed that the incident was 'very light-hearted' and there was nothing in it

'It's not helpful when the three fountains of knowledge on Match of the Day make a mountain out of a molehill, there's nothing in that on Saturday. The lad's okay and it was very light-hearted.

'He has said that too. It was all very light-hearted, if you see the pictures it was with smiles.'

Pearson claimed after Saturday's defeat he could 'look after himself', but Lineker hinted on Twitter Pearson was sacked by one member of the Srivaddhanaprabha family, who own the club, before being reinstated by another.

When asked if he was a fountain of knowledge, the former England striker tweeted: 'If I was I'd tell you that he was sacked by one of the owners' family and reinstated by another, but then I'm not.'

The club took almost four hours on Sunday evening to dismiss claims Pearson had been axed.

BBC Match of the Day host Gary Linekar said the incident between Pearson and McArthur was 'strange'

BBC Match of the Day host Gary Linekar said the incident between Pearson and McArthur was 'strange'

Danny Murphy (left) questioned whethere there were 'underlying' issue between Pearson and McArthur

Danny Murphy (left) questioned whethere there were 'underlying' issue between Pearson and McArthur

Leicester face a tough away match at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night  

Leicester face a tough away match at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night  

 

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