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Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic receives EIGHT-match ban after pushing referee Chris Kavanagh in FA Cup tie

Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic receives EIGHT-match ban after pushing referee Chris Kavanagh in FA Cup tie

Marco Silva has received a touchline ban, with the Fulham manager, Aleksandar Mitrovic and the Premier League club all fined.

Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has been banned for eight matches after he pushed referee Chris Kavanagh in his side’s FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Manchester United.

Mitrovic fired Fulham into a shock second-half lead at Old Trafford last month before Marco Silva’s men suffered an epic collapse to United in the FA Cup tie.

However, the 28-year-old Serbia international was involved in a heated confrontation with Kavanagh after Willian was sent off for a handball decision.

Mitrovic visibly pushed the match official and was sent marching down the tunnel along with Willian, with Fulham boss Silva also shown a red card for his actions.

The Fulham star later apologised to Kavanagh for his behaviour and accepted a three-match ban, but the FA made a claim of “insufficient punishment” against Mitrovic.

Mitrovic’s ban has now been extended by a further five matches after a regulatory committee handed down its verdict.

According to a statement from Fulham, Mitrovic has already served one of the eight-match suspension and will also be hit with a £75,000 fine.

Silva has also received a touchline ban for two matches and faces a £20,000 fine for the incident and another £20,000 fine for his remarks after the FA Cup tie.

Fulham have received a £40,000 fine after a “failure to prevent” players from surrounding Kavanagh during the chaotic scenes at Old Trafford.

Fulham said in a statement: “Following a hearing in relation to our FA Cup tie with Manchester United last month, an Independent Regulatory Commission has decided that:

  • “Aleksandar Mitrovic should be suspended for a total of eight games, one of which he has already served. He should also pay a £75,000 fine;
  • “Marco Silva should serve a touchline ban for two games, and pay a £20,000 fine for the incident which saw him sent off;
  • “Marco Silva should pay a separate £20,000 fine for his media comments after the match;
  • “The club should be fined £40,000 for the failure to prevent its players surrounding the referee.”

Bruno Fernandes and Marcel Sabitzer both scored in the second half to seal a 3-1 comeback win for United and to set up a semi-final tie against Brighton.

United will return to Wembley for the second time this season to face Brighton in the semi-finals on 23rd April.


Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: England, Football, Fulham, Premier League, Manchester United