Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic was handed an eight-game ban for pushing referee Chris Kavanagh during their FA Cup defeat to Manchester United last month.
Mitrovic received a red card after confronting Kavanagh following teammate Willian’s dismissal. The Football Association deemed the initial three-game ban to be insufficient and decided to impose a longer ban.
As a result, Mitrovic missed Fulham’s 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth and will be sidelined for a further seven games. He also received a £75,000 fine.
A statement from Fulham read: “Following a hearing in relation to our FA Cup tie with Manchester United last month, an Independent Regulatory Commission has decided that Marco Silva should serve a touchline ban for two games, pay a £20,000 fine for the incident which saw him sent off, and pay a separate £20,000 fine for his media comments after the match. ‘
The club should be fined £40,000 for the failure to prevent its players surrounding the referee.”
Fulham’s upcoming fixtures in April and May include matches against West Ham, Everton, Leeds, Aston Villa, Manchester City, Liverpool, and Leicester. Mitrovic has apologized to Kavanagh for the push but insisted he was simply trying to get the official’s attention.