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Villa’s Bacuna Banned For Referee’s Assault



  The FA in England has handed a six-match ban to Aston Villa’s midfielder, Leandro Bacuna for barging into an assistant referee. He had been sent off   in the second half of stoppage time defeat of Derby Country last week and he shoved off   assistant referee, Mark Russell for his decision to award a throw-in to Derby County.

Before the FA decision, Manager Steve Bruce disclosed that Villa had slapped Bacuna with a substantial fine. Following the decision by The FA, the club could appeal against the length of the ban, given that Blackburn Rovers’ Hope Akpan was given a four-match suspension for a similar offence.

“He has overstepped the mark, we fined him the maximum we can,” Bruce told a news conference on Friday.

“I think the FA punishment is a bit harsh, but when I consider the boy at Blackburn pushing a referee and only getting a one game ban, I see that as harsh.
“I will meet with [CEO] Keith Wyness and [technical director] Steve Round to discuss whether we appeal.”



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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