As expected, Arsenal’s Alex Song has been given a three match ban by the English FA.
Alex Song – did not appeal the ban
This is what the FA put on their web site today:
Arsenal’s Alex Song will begin a three match suspension with immediate effect after he accepted a charge of violent conduct.
Song was charged following in incident during Arsenal’s fixture at Newcastle United on Saturday 13 August.
Alex Song was seen to stamp on Newcastle’s Joey Barton’s leg, during the rather ill-tempered game on Saturday at St. James’ Park, and was charged with violent conduct, which carries a three match ban.
Accepting the charge essentially means Alex didn’t appeal the ban, and it didn’t seem he had much of a case either, so it was probably the best action to take.
If there is an appeal, and it’s classed as frivolous, the ban could be extended to four games, and that was put in place by the FA to stop clubs and players automatically appealing the charges.