Arsenal winger Gervinho has had his three match suspension for violent conduct confirmed today by the FA.
The altercation between Gervinho and Barton last Saturday
Arsenal had issued an appeal against the three match ban that the Ivory Coast would receive automatically for the red card he picked up after an altercation with Newcastle’s Joey Barton during Saturday’s game.
The FA has just placed the news on its web site.
A commission heard the claim today and quickly dismissed it, after viewing video of why Gervinho was sent off.
The 24 year-old was seen to slap Joey Barton in the face, and the Newcastle winger fell like he had been hit by lightning, and the referee showed Gervinho a red card and Barton a yellow card.
Gervinho will now miss the next three league games, and to think if Newcastle had got their man Joey and Gervinho could have been team-mates at Newcatsle.
And there are reports today that Alex Song has received a three match ban as well, but that’s not yet completely true, since the player has only been charged with violent conduct, and has until today at 5:00 pm to appeal.
If he appeals, the FA will then study the appeal before issuing the sentence, although the standard penalty for violent conduct is also a three match ban.
Alex Song was seen clearly to stamp on Joey Barton in the second half of Saturday’s game, and before the Gervinho incident, and we fully expect Alex to finally receive a three match ban too.