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Ashley Young has been suspended for three games by the FA after admitted a charge of violent conduct.
The Manchester United full-back accepted the charge, but had the appeal over the length of the ban rejected.
Young lashed out at Southampton midfielder Dusan Tadic when marking him on a corner, elbowing him in the stomach in the 51st minute of the second half.
The 32-year-old, who has been one of United's stand out performers this season, will miss game against Everton, Derby and Stoke in the coming weeks.
Ashley Young's 3 game ban is well deserved. Put himself in a position for retrospective action to be taken against him & that's what happened. Recalling Timothy Fosu-Mensah becoming already more necessary than it already was.- Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) December 31, 2017
Just a day after Young was officially banned, Southampton player Tadic has revealed what the Manchester United player said shortly after the incident.
To the surprise of Tadic when he questioned his motives behind the elbow, Young played down the incident, saying: "I didn't do anything".
Here's what Tadic said in full regarding the controversy:
"Yes, he elbowed me and I asked him, "Why did you do this?". I didn't really understand. I can fall down but it was really strange because I didn't expect that from him." Tadic said via Metro.
When asked if he provoked Young, the Serbian said:
"No, no, no, nothing. I was surprised, and then next corner I asked him, "Why did you do that?", and he said, "I didn't do anything". 'I said, "You didn't do anything? You elbowed me in the stomach without reason". 'OK, if you want to push it's different, but an elbow is different."
So the cameras clearly show Ashley Young elbowing Tadic in his crown jewels and the BT commentators don't say a single thing!! If that was up the other end we would be seeing replay after replay after replay!- Charlie Robertson (@saintrobertson) December 30, 2017
So Ashley Young was convinced he did nothing, despite clearly elbowing him when the corner was swung in during the second half.
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