Aleksandar Mitrovic has pleaded guilty to an FA charge of violent conduct.

His subsequent suspension means he can’t play for Newcastle until October.

Admitting the charge on Wednesday afternoon, the striker will miss the home game with Stoke and away games at Swansea and Brighton – eligible to play again from the home match against Liverpool on 1 October.

Newcastle United official announcement:

Aleksandar Mitrović will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after he admitted an FA charge of violent conduct and accepted the standard penalty.

Mitrović was involved in an incident with West Ham United’s Manuel Lanzini in the 80th minute of the Magpies’ 3-0 win on Saturday 26 August.

The misconduct was not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video.

The Mag – 29 August 2017:

An official club statement has confirmed that Aleksandar Mitrovic has been charged by the FA with violent conduct.

Now that he has been charged, the striker looks all but certain to be sitting out another suspension.

Newcastle United official statement:

‘Aleksandar Mitrovic has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

The Newcastle United forward was involved in an incident with West Ham United’s Manuel Lanzini in the 80th minute of the game on Saturday.

He has until 6pm on 30th August 2017 to respond to the charge.

Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees.

Each referee panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence.

For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous.’

The Mag – Earlier today (29 August 2017):

Aleksandar Mitrovic was a major topic of conversation after the West Ham match.

Three days after scoring a very good goal against Forest in the League Cup, the Serbian striker came on against the Hammers for the final 20 minutes and saw one effort saved, before rounding Joe Hart in style to top off the 3-0 win.

However, the media were very keen to look at an incident involving Lanzini and Newcastle’s number 45, with the striker going out of his way to make contact with the West Ham player, amid claims of an elbow.

The incident didn’t look great, although it wasn’t clear just what damage, if any, was done. Newcastle fans were also hopeful that the referee appeared to possibly deal with the incident at the time, deeming it not worthy of a punishment.

However, Tuesday afternoon has seen ESPN report that their information is that the FA have asked a panel of three former referees to review footage of the Mitrovic incident.

The ESPN report saying that if all three former referees believe the incident warranted a sending off, then Mitrovic will be charged with violent conduct.

There would then follow a hearing where the former Anderlecht striker and Newcastle United would have the opportunity to defend the charge.

No official confirmation as yet that the incident is being reviewed, but ESPN are usually pretty reliable , and not ones to completely fabricate a story.

If he was to be found guilty of a violent conduct charge, Mitrovic would be set to miss a minimum of three matches and depending on the timing (the striker is currently away on international duty) of any disciplinary hearing, any ban would start with either the Swansea away match on Sunday 10 September, or Stoke at home on Saturday 16 September – which also happens to be Mitro’s 23rd birthday.



  • Jezza

    I’ll settle for a three match ban. I thought it was going to be much worse than that.

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    This (probably, maybe, hopefully) means that Gayle won’t leave unless we have a replacement already lined up. The pieman can’t be so stupid that he’d risk 3 (very much winnable) games with only 1 forward (who is only fit for 60-70 minutes!), can he?

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      of course he can. I just want to go on record with the hope that Gayle won’t be sold.

    • anyobrien

      Yes he will he does not give a [email protected]

    • Steve Smith

      Gayle won’t be able to play a full 90 minutes.

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        so just add him and Jose-loo together and you’ll get an entire games worth of forward.

    • grantham mag

      The pieman is stupid and skint apparently so watch and wait.

    • Danimal

      Yes.

  • Paul Patterson

    Watch Gayle be sold and Mitrovic be banned, no replacements either. With big profit. It’s typical of the club.

  • anyobrien

    Can anyone clarify this for me do the officials review every game looking for these incidents or is just when bel ends like liniker and phil neville high light them on a washed up highlights programme presented by overpaid bores paid for by the tax payers.

    • NUFCLX

      When they look at these things the first thing on the agenda is who they are and who they play for. Because of Mitro’s history he will probably have one dedicated camera on him every game. I can almost guarantee that something similar will happen this season and the player involved will not be banned or even charged.

      • Jimblag23

        You both make valid points. It’s so frustrating and corrupt.

      • Kneebotherm8

        The camera was on him because Lanzini had the ball as Mitro’s come in to challenge him,no dedicated camera needed there. No excuse for him……total liability.

        • Blackburn1066

          Get rid

      • Geordiegiants

        As much as I do not rate Mitro and also think he is a complete tool, there is no almost about it, something similar will definetly happen and they won’t get suspeneded.

        • Blackburn1066

          How can you say he is a Tool then stand by him— HE IS A TOOL GET RID.

          • Geordiegiants

            I’m not standing by him, I am merely pointing out that the rules are as bent as Jabba.

  • Tony Mann

    Do that in the street and it’s assault – you can go down for it. Mitrovic is a complete tool – he has the mentality of a 5 year old ( actually that’s insulting to 5 year olds) and we need to get rid sharpish. He’s not that special anyway.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Bet Rafa`s happy, it`s about time the club started fining these idiots 2 wks pay

    • Blackburn1066

      That’s the way!

  • Mrkgw

    Pure idiocy. We really could do without this – Mitro is far too much of a hot head and needs to take a long look at himself. Unless he can curb his anger issues then the club should look to cash in.

    • Geordiegiants

      I think the club has been trying, but nobody wants a donkey asking for red cards.

  • Steve Smith

    F**king liability.

  • Kneebotherm8

    He is what he is,and he does what he does,just like Shelvey. They’ll not change and if we keep them then we’ve got to be prepared for losing them periodically to idiotic,uncalled for,suspensions.

    • Tony Mann

      Lets not keep them then – get rid of the [email protected]

      • Kneebotherm8

        I agree,they’re both a liability.

  • Mike

    Well done Mitro this guarantees you wont be sold then!

    • Jezza

      Well at least that’s one striker we should still have after the transfer deadline.

  • Tony Mann

    Slightly different viewpoint – If you or I did that at work, we would get sacked without question. So how is it that we allow it to happen in football? Is it because he cost us £14 million or because different rules apply to these effing idiots?

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      If you were worth 14 million poinds then you’d get a lot more leeway at work than you do now. Regardless of your trade.

      • Tony Mann

        Totally agree – but it is just so wrong. Comes back to money being everything.

    • Marveauxless

      If you slide-tackled someone at work you’d probably be fired too; likewise if Mitrovic stopped playing in the middle of a match and started doing a bit of photocopying on the side of the pitch he’d get fired.

      • Tony Mann

        OK – I did laugh. Cheers.

      • Leicester Mag

        Got an image of Mitro photocopying his hugh jarse at the side of the pitch not pretty!

  • BXTOON

    MAD MAN MITRO see you in OCT .. Rest Up MMM

  • Simon Ritter

    Does anybody know whether players banned for idiotic off-the-ball challenges are docked wages? An elbow into an opponent when jumping for possession is sometimes understandable. What Mitrovic did is not. He should, IMHO, be fined two weeks’ pay by the club. I believe that’s the maximum sanction. And he should count himself lucky the financial penalty is not bigger. He might have been needed for those three matches he will now miss. Looking for a silver lining, perhaps a few weeks of double sessions in the gym will help him shed a bit of timber.The same goes for “Captain” Shelvey with his pathetic red card against Spurs.

    • Paul Busby

      Yeah they get fined for all sorts of stuff. One of the common one I have heard about is not being ready when the manager calls you up from the subs bench.

      • Simon Ritter

        Good job, too. Perhaps if these punishments were publicised (named and shamed was the trendy term) some of the players might mend their ways. Then again, they might demand their agents find them a new club.

    • grantham mag

      The problem is they earn to much, so when they are suspended, three weeks holiday, happy days.

  • East Durham Mag

    He should learn but he won’t. Watching him play is like watching 1970s footballers on The Big Match or Shoot. Billy Bremner, Chopper Harris & co would be proud of him.

    • Buck Blacket

      I think you’re giving him too much credit with your analogy, nutjob pure and simple.

      • East Durham Mag

        Ha ha I think you may be right.

    • PJB_NUFC

      In my opinion he’s more like The Monk from Mean Machine

  • Jimblag23

    It’s extremely annoying because after the match I was feeling quite positive about him, then I realise he’s acted a t!t AGAIN.

    • David2211

      Yep. I’ve never rated him. My mates are massive fans of him, and were really winding me up on Saturday about his goal and how apparently I “hate him but he’s our best striker”. It was nonsense then and now, well… just another ridiculous moment from him. Can’t believe it’s Gayle who will likely leave and not him.

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        after tomorrow he may well be our best striker

        • Geordiegiants

          Nah Joselu looks like he could be useful, Mitro is a waste of space.

          • Cuh

            Far from a waste of space. 8 goals in the PL last time out, only Wijnaldum had more (11 – 4 in one game, 2 in another…).

            Already has two this season, links up well and creates chances… Good enough footballer

          • glassjawsh-got-banned

            9 goals

          • Geordiegiants

            Why has nobody come in for him and offered good money for him then?

  • Cuh

    He’ll be back stronger!!

    • Blackburn1066

      He will come back a strong, thick, slow, violent, ticket to relegation.

      • Cuh

        In your alternate universe, maybe. But in real life, no. It’s good he has the international break to keep this run of form going.

  • Blackburn1066

    Mitro needs to go out the door as soon as this club can get him out, he will do this all season because he is thick! Slow, and violent. Just cash him in.

  • Geordiegiants

    He has got to go, how on earth can people on here keep defending him?If he was as good as Suarez, Messi etc, then yes defend him, but he is pure pap.

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      He’s an idiot yes, but you do realize he has a better minutes per goal ratio in the prem than the likes of Andre Grey, Troy Deeney, Jordan Ayew, Jay Rodriguez, Saido Berahaido and a whole host of other Premier League Center Forwards. His decision making should be questioned but his goal scoring record in the top level (so far) shouldn’t.

      • Geordiegiants

        Howare man, stats are just stats. Stephan Guivarc’h started 2 games for Newcastle and scored a goal, does that mean he was a good striker?

        • glassjawsh-got-banned

          one terrible player scored this goal one time, therefore stats over entire seasons (and not 4 games) are invalid. got it.

        • phil

          He can be a tit at times but if he is given a decent run in the team and IF he can stop doing stupid things then he could be a good player for us

      • Desree

        His minutes to goals ratio would be a lot worse if he could stay on the pitch!

        • glassjawsh-got-banned

          haha!

    • Cuh

      He isn’t pure pap

      • Geordiegiants

        He is over weight all of the time, slow as f’ck, thick as f’ck, has got a head like a fifty pence piece, misses more than twice as many as he gets on target, and gets into trouble for stupid nothing chalenges. He has scored 9, yes 9 goals in a prem season after making 34 apps, how is he good or how could he be good? He has made 60 appearances for Newcastle and scored 14 goals in all competitions, what is so good about that stat. He made 25 of those apps in the championship and only scored 4. How does that make a good prem player? Especially when he is suspended a lot.
        Daryl Murphy made 15 apps and got 5 goals that’s a better goals to apps tally than Mitro and we sold him. The only reason Mitro is still here, is because nobody wants him,

        • TwinFire

          I totally agree with this statement

        • Danimal

          9 in 34 PL appearances isn’t bad. There aren’t many 1 in 2 strikers around and he was playing for a pathetic team. The stuff in your opening sentence, maybe. How many times have we had players suspended courtesy of trial by tv? The referee did see the incident so this “review” is a clear breach of FA rules.

          • Geordiegiants

            Yeah but that is nearly 1 goal every 4 appearances, even worse after that in the championship, that’s not a good, or even decent stat. He is an out and out striker, he isn’t used or useful for anything else.

          • Danimal

            He certainly divides opinion. I personally feel I have seen enough to suggest there is a good player in there somewhere. For whatever reason he didn’t get a run in the team last season and missed a few chances when he got on for the odd 20 minutes. Goals stats wise, I am in the ‘too early to write him off’ camp. Just checked out stats for another striker who turned out ok in the end. Between the age of 18 and 22, he scored 23 goals from 105 top flight starts (and 13 subs). He was also playing for a team that flirted with relegation on a regular basis.

    • Biggs Darklighter

      The only people I have a problem with are fat Mike and penfold. Wish Mitrovic would stick the elbow in on one of those useless [email protected]

    • Wor Lass

      He hasn`t bitten anyone ….. yet!

  • Blackburn1066

    Its NUFC Gayle will be sold Mitrovic will serve his ban we will not! bring another striker in and we will be playing the Unwashed next year.

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    I wonder, player who doesn’t want to be sold gets himself banned for a month, 2 days before transfer deadline.

    • Wor Lass

      Do regulations prevent a banned player from being transferred? I assume not. If a club wanted him then it might be an opportunity for them to knock the price down a bit. I like the lad and I hope he stays but I reckon noone has come in for him (at the “right” price) precisely because he`s liable to do random stupid things like this and he doesn`t score enough goals.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        You are probably right, it was just a theory.

  • Conveniently suspended for a period in which he celebrates his birthday. Off to Serbia for a mother of all knees up? Replace and remove is the answer to the Mitro question. Too clumsy and risky….Especially when he has a birthday coming up!

    • Wor Lass

      He`ll be playing for Serbia in world cup qualifiers and then he`ll be back to Newcastle and training (if he isn`t sold today).

  • Steve Pearce

    So that’s goodbye from him – that is if we can sell Gayle and find a striker who doesn’t have “confidence issues” as he is turning his shorts brown at the thought of going within 8 yards of top Premiership defenders…

  • HarryHype59

    For a reputed £14m plus transfer fee Mitro has been a very poor buy! The fact no club has made an offer for him confirms this!

  • Hughie

    So did he do it deliberately as a protest to Benitez for dropping him to third in the pecking order, and to tell the club he isn’t interested in playing for them? Liability. Looking increasingly like our highly competent recruitment department has failed again this summer? Lets hope those who should be shown the exit door are not joined by Benitez. While the Huddersfields, Burnleys, Watfords and Stokes of the world are signing players left right and centre, our headline is, as usual, negative.