Olsson cleared by Halsey

17 March 2009 03:13
West Brom defender Jonas Olsson has escaped FA punishment for his clash with Robert Green on Monday. The Baggies centre-half caught the Hammers keeper with a flailing arm during a lacklustre goalless draw at Upton Park. The incident went unpunished by match referee Mark Halsey, but left Green requiring lengthy treatment. The England international bit a small part of his tongue off as a result of the collision, but soldiered on to the end of the game. Halsey has since viewed the incident again and, despite Hammers protests, is standing by his initial decision, claiming the clash was not worthy of a red card. The Baggies will be delighted at that verdict, but disappointed they did not benefit fully from the coming together. As Green hit the turf, Shelton Martis looked to have forced a breakthrough, only to see a looping header crash back off the crossbar. The Dutchman was making his first Premier League start and admits he is hoping to enjoy better fortune in the Baggies' battle against the drop. "I hope so, hopefully we can go and win against Bolton (on Saturday) and push on from there really and just gather more points," he said.

Source: SKY_Sports