Aston Villa midfielder Leandro Bacuna has been issued with a six-match ban by the Football Association for his altercation with a linesman.
During the closing stages of Villa’s 1-0 victory over Derby County on February 25, Bacuna appeared to shove Mark Russell after a throw-in was awarded to the visitors at Villa Park.
Due to the midfielder’s actions, referee Andrew Madley brandished a red card, which was initially thought to indicate a three-match ban.
However, after the English governing body reviewed the incident, it was ruled that Bacuna would serve a lengthy suspension.
A statement from the FA read:
“He admitted a breach of FA Rule E3 in that his behaviour in or around the 94th minute of the game constituted violent conduct in circumstances where the standard punishment of three matches would be clearly insufficient.
“Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, a three-match suspension was added to the sanction the player is already serving following his dismissal.”
Bacuna began his suspension immediately after the match and as a result was absent from the Villans 2-0 win over Bristol City on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old Dutchman will also miss matches against Rotherham, Huddersfield, Sheffield Wednesday, Wigan Athletic and Norwich City.
After Villa confirmed the news on Twitter, some fans have accepted that a lengthy ban was necessary but have called for consistency across the board.
Others, though, are convinced that Bacuna has been treated unfairly.
— Steven Healy (@Ste_Healy) March 3, 2017
— ❄Villans Snowflake❄ (@WeBlah) March 3, 2017
@AVFCOfficial Three games is fair enough. Six games for a verbal altercation is ludicrous.
— Tom Parker (@ThomasTParker) March 3, 2017
— Terry reid (@terryreid2) March 3, 2017
— wagvilla (@danny_wagstaff) March 3, 2017
— Callum Nicklin (@Callumy2j) March 3, 2017
— Patrick J Fitzgerald (@Pat_fitz89) March 3, 2017
— #IStandWithBacuna (@JordanAmxvi) March 3, 2017
@AVFCOfficial No probs with 6 game ban if that's the standard.
Would a Chelsea or Man U player get the same though? Hmnn…
— Mark (@markworth0510) March 3, 2017
— Nick Thompson (@NickPJThompson) March 3, 2017
@AVFCOfficial 6 match ban for a chest bump? in some countries thats a sign of affection. All wrong I tell ya
— twistedanimator (@Dazmills79) March 3, 2017
— Bobbie K (@drum_bob) March 3, 2017
— Iain whiting (@iain_whiting) March 3, 2017
— Andrew Gardiner (@AndrewjG79) March 3, 2017
— Paul Nicklin (@PaulNicklin3) March 3, 2017
— James Grant (@JamesGrant1998) March 3, 2017