Leandro Bacuna Ban
After Leandro Bacuna was initially given a three match ban for rubbing his head on a linesman’s at the end of the recent Derby win, the FA have seen fit to double the punishment.
It was interesting to see Villa supporter comments about the incident on MOMS social media at the time, which spanned a full spectrum of reaction from denial to expressing Bacuna’s stupidity.
Yes, it wasn’t a ‘headbutt’, but as some fans pointed out, you just can’t make contact with an official that way without leaving yourself open to whatever disciplinary punishment the FA throws your way.
Bacuna wasn’t acting smart to say the least and luckily for him there wasn’t more than a few seconds of the game left, as he would have let his teammates and Villa supporters down (plus, himself, after a decent performance).
It’s hard to argue with any FA ban that he opened himself up for, although you have to question the FA’s consistency with the length of bans they hand out.
FA Statement in Full
Aston Villa’s Leandro Bacuna will serve a six-match suspension following his dismissal in the game against Derby County on 25 February 2017.
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.
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