Aston Villa supporters have been left scratching their heads over the Football Association’s decision regarding Jonathan Kodjia’s ban.
The forward was hit with an initial three-game suspension for violent conduct in his side’s 3-1 defeat to Fulham.
The 27-year-old was given his marching orders by the referee in the 22d minute when a straight red card was brandished.
Kodjia was adjudged to have kicked out at Ryan Fredericks while the Fulham defender was on the ground.
However, an appeal from Villa regarding the violent conduct charge has since been successful, but rather than scrap the ban completely, the FA have reduced it to one game.
In a statement, the English governing body said:
“Kodjia’s claim that the punishment was excessive was successful and his suspension has been reduced from three games to one game with immediate effect.”
This means that Kodjia will be unavailable to face Villa’s arch rivals Birmingham City, who will have new manager Harry Redknapp in the dugout at Villa Park this Sunday.
Most fans are relieved that the Villans will not be without Kodjia for their remaining games of the season, but the majority are also confused as to why he still has to serve a one-match ban.
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The FA confirmed that the appeal against wrongful dismissal was denied but it was the severity of the charge that has altered, suggesting that Kodjia still needs to serve a ban for getting sent off.