English FA ban Fulham striker for eight games
Fulham striker handed eight-game ban for pushing referee Chris Kavanagh
Aleksandar Mitrovic was sent off for pushing Chris Kavanagh during Fulham’s FA Cup defeat at Man Utd; Mitrovic served first game of suspension in Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Bournemouth on Saturday; Marco Silva was also sent off at Old Trafford and has been handed a two-match touchline ban
Aleksandar Mitrovic will miss Fulham’s next seven Premier League games
Aleksandar Mitrovic has been handed an eight-game ban after pushing referee Chris Kavanagh in Fulham’s FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Manchester United on March 19.
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The Serbia striker served the first game of his suspension in Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League defeat at Bournemouth and will now miss Fulham’s next seven top-flight matches.
Mitrovic initially received a standard three-match ban, but that has been extended by three games for violent conduct towards a match official and another two for using language that was “improper, abusive, insulting and threatening”.
The 28-year-old admitted the latter offence, which also came with a £75,000 fine, but unsuccessfully disputed the charge of violent conduct.
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Mitrovic was sent off for pushing Chris Kavanagh during Fulham’s FA Cup defeat at Man Utd on March 19
Manager Marco Silva, whose own dismissal alongside that of Willian led to Mitrovic’s angry reaction, was also punished by the independent regulatory commission
Marco Silva admitted using abusive and insulting words or behaviour towards Kavanagh and the fourth official but denied throwing a water bottle towards the assistant referee.
The charge was nevertheless upheld, with a £20,000 fine and another of the same amount coming due to questioning the integrity of the referee during his post-match press conference. He was also hit with a two-game touchline ban.
A further £40,000 penalty was issued against Fulham for failing to control their players.
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However, the FA confirmed it plans to appeal the decisions of the independent regulatory commission.
In a statement, a spokesperson said: “We note the decision of the independent regulatory commission to sanction Aleksandar Mitrovic and Marco Silva.
“Our current intention is to appeal both sanctions, however we will await the written reasons before confirming our final position.”
Fulham’s remaining fixtures
April 8: West Ham (H) – Premier League, kick-off 3pm
April 15: Everton (A) – Premier League, kick-off 3pm
April 22: Leeds (H) – Premier League, kick-off 12.30pm
April 25: Aston Villa (A) – Premier League, kick-off 7.45pm
April 30: Man City (H) – Premier League, kick-off 2pm, live on Sky Sports
May 3: Liverpool (A) – Premier League, kick-off 8pm
May 8: Leicester (H) – Premier League, kick-off 3pm
May 13: Southampton (A) – Premier League, kick-off 3pm
May 20: Crystal Palace (H) – Premier League, kick-off 3pm
May 28: Man Utd (A) – Premier League, kick-off 4.30pm