Yaya Toure and Craig Bellamy set for bans

Yaya Toure and Craig Bellamy are facing the prospect of three-match bans for incidents that went unnoticed by the match officials over the weekend, reports the Daily Mirror.

The incidents are the first test of the FA rule book since the Andy Carroll farce, which ended with West Ham finally giving up their battle to overturn his controversial red card against Swansea on Friday.

Now it appears damming video evidence is set to see Bellamy and Toure handed three match suspensions.

TV replays showed Toure kicking out at Norwich striker Ricky Van Wolfswinkel in the final moments of Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Carrow Road.

Replays also caught Cardiff City frontman Bellamy kicking out at Swansea midfielder Jonathan De Guzman, during Saturday’s 3-0 hammering at the Liberty Stadium.

Both incidents were missed by the match officials at the time.

Under new regulations, both match referees will be asked to confirm they had no view or only a partial one of the respective incidents.

Once that is confirmed, the incidents will be referred to a three man panel of former referee’s, who will go on to determine the appropriate punishment.

If all three former officials – likely to be Steve Dunn, Alan Wiley and Eddie Wolstenholme – agree the incidents should have warranted straight red cards, both players will receive instant three match bans.

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