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Aleksandar Mitrovic admits guilt – Won’t play again until October

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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.

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