Following Fulham’s loss to Manchester United on Sunday, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Marco Silva were charged by the FA for losing their cool.
Aleksandar Mitrovic may face a long ban after pushing the referee during Fulham’s 3-1 FA Cup loss to Manchester United, according to the Football Association (FA).
The FA considers that the “standard punishment” for the offense would be inadequate in this case.
When Fulham were leading 1-0, Willian prevented a potential Jadon Sancho goal with his hand, prompting referee Chris Kavanagh to award a penalty to Manchester United and Aleksandar Mitrovic reacted aggressively to this decision.
Normally, Mitrovic will be suspended for 3 sessions, but the FA announced that a heavier suspension awaits him
As referee Chris Kavanagh was about to issue a red card to Willian, Mitrovic approached him, pushing him and getting close to his face.
Normally, receiving a straight red card would result in a three-game suspension, but it seems that the FA is considering imposing a longer ban on Mitrovic.
Fulham head coach Marco Silva, received a red card during the pause in the game after Willian’s handball. He may face a substantial suspension as a result.
FA’s statement reads: “Fulham, Marco Silva and Aleksandar Mitrovic have been charged following the incidents that took place in or around the 72nd minute of their tie against Manchester United in the FA Cup on Sunday, March 19.
“It’s alleged that Marco Silva used abusive and/or insulting words and/or gestures and/or behaviour towards the match referee; that he used abusive and/or insulting words towards the fourth official prior to his dismissal; and that he also used abusive and/or insulting words and/or gestures and/or behaviour towards the fourth official after being sent off.
“It’s further alleged that in throwing a water bottle in the direction of the assistant referee his behaviour was improper.
“The FA has claimed that the standard punishment which would otherwise apply to Aleksandar Mitrovic for the sending off offence of violent conduct that he committed towards the match referee is clearly insufficient.
“In addition, Aleksandar Mitrovic’s behaviour and/or language was allegedly improper and/or abusive and/or insulting and/or threatening following his dismissal.
“It’s also alleged that Fulham failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.”