Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic will be unavailable for most of their remaining games this season due to his red card against Manchester United
Aleksandar Mitrovic has been suspended for eight matches after pushing referee Chris Kavanagh during Fulham’s FA Cup defeat at Manchester United in the previous month.
The incident happened when Kavanagh dismissed Mitrovic’s teammate Willian for handball, resulting in the Serbian pushing the official, which led to his sending off during the second half of their 3-1 quarter-final defeat at Old Trafford.
After pushing referee Chris Kavanagh in Fulham’s FA Cup defeat against Manchester United, Aleksandar Mitrovic received a three-match suspension for violent conduct, which the Football Association (FA) deemed “clearly insufficient.”
Mitrovic apologized for his actions but was ultimately charged with violent conduct and using “improper, abusive, insulting and threatening” language towards Kavanagh.
FA looks for even harsher punishment for Mitrovic
After an independent regulatory commission held a hearing, it was announced on Tuesday that Aleksandar Mitrovic would receive a ban of eight matches and a fine of £75,000.
Mitrovic was absent from Fulham’s recent loss to Bournemouth in the Premier League as a result of his suspension. He will miss seven more games, and his return to the team is expected for the match against Southampton on May 13.
Meanwhile, head coach Marco Silva was also given a red card during the game against Manchester United and will serve a two-game touchline ban after being charged with using “abusive and insulting” language as well as improper conduct.
Silva has been fined £40,000 by the FA and expressed regret over his actions following his improper conduct during the match and his post-match comments that criticized the match officials.
Silva questioned the integrity of referee Kavanagh for being appointed to the fixture, citing previous mistakes made by the referee during a prior match.
The Football Association is considering appealing the sanctions against Fulham, which could lead to even harsher penalties for the team.
In a statement, the governing body said: “Our current intention is to appeal both sanctions, however, we will await the written reasons before confirming our final position.”