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Seagulls wait on hero Tomer Hemed

Seagulls wait on hero Tomer Hemed

Brighton could be short of strikers if Tomer Hemed faces retrospective action for his stamp on Newcastle's DeAndre Yedlin.

The Israel striker fired the winner in Brighton's 1-0 Premier League victory over Newcastle at the Amex on Sunday, but will face a nervous wait to see if the FA opt to investigate his late tangle with defender Yedlin.

Glenn Murray remains sidelined with an ankle problem and if Hemed were to be hit with a three-match ban, that would further pinch Chris Hughton's Seagulls squad.

Brighton boss Hughton defended his match-winning forward however, insisting the 30-year-old's 89th-minute stamp on Yedlin was a pure accident.

"I have seen it, and my absolute impression was that there was no intention, particularly knowing the player," said Hughton.

"My first impression was that there was absolutely no intent. I was unaware of it at the time, and I have just been shown it."

When asked if he would fear Hemed facing retrospective disciplinary action, Hughton replied: "All I can do is give you my opinion. And that is that there's certainly no intent."

Hemed's second goal of the campaign denied Newcastle the chance to move fourth in the Premier League table, ending the visitors' run of three-straight wins.

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