Aleksandar Mitrovic has made some bizarre comments about the incident that caused him to be banned for three games after he elbowed Manuel Lanzini of West Ham in the second half of the match.
The referee missed the foul but it was replayed on Match of the Day, and it was clearly violent behavior, and the FA acted retroactively.
Mitrovic accepted the charge, and he was given the standard three match ban.
But in an interview reported in the Chronicle Mitro says he is puzzled why he was banned and says the incident wasn’t even a foul.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – incident wasn’t even a foul
This is what Aleksandar Mitrovic said:
“It is very frustrating for me,” “These are the rules, but I didn’t mean to do this, the things they have accused me of.”
“It wasn’t even a foul in the game. I have three or four incidents like this every match, so I don’t understand it, I was really surprised.”
“It has been really tough to get my head around. It was an accident. I spoke to Lanzini after the game and he was fine.”
“You maybe get 10 clashes like that with a defender in a game. It was not even a foul, it was not even a yellow card, but I have to accept my punishment.”
“If I say something more they can punish me even more.” “I haven’t spoken to Rafa about it yet, but I will do. I’m not sure what he can say.”
“It is going to be hard to miss these games. I’ve scored two goals already this season, it is very hard for my head to stay focused and strong.”
“But that’s life. That’s football. I just have to stay fit and sharp so that I can help the team when I return.”
It’s a pity Mitrovic has been banned because he has shown some signs of getting into good form.
And if he didn’t think it was even a foul then how come he didn’t appeal the charge?
So some strange comments coming from the Serbian International striker and we don’t think when he does talk to Rafa about the incident – the manager is going to be too happy with him.
What do you think?