Aleksandar Mitrovic is facing a lengthy ban after the English Football Association announced the standard punishment for his dismissal against Manchester United would be “clearly insufficient”.
Mitrovic has been charged with violent conduct after trying to grab referee Chris Kavanagh’s arm during a frenzied few minutes in Fulham’s 3-1 FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Old Trafford on Sunday.
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Fellow forward Willian was given his marching orders for handling the ball on the line while Cottagers head coach Marco Silva saw red, too, and the Portuguese and Fulham have also been hit with FA charges.
It is the conduct of Mitrovic which came under particular scrutiny after his attempt to touch Kavanagh, although the incident was far less dramatic than when Paolo Di Canio got an 11-game ban for pushing Paul Alcock to the ground in 1998.
“The FA has claimed that the standard punishment which would otherwise apply to Aleksandar Mitrovic for the sending-off offence of violent conduct that he committed towards the match referee is clearly insufficient,” the governing body said in regards to Mitrovic.
“In addition, Aleksandar Mitrovic’s behaviour and/or language was allegedly improper and/or abusive and/or insulting and/or threatening following his dismissal.”
On Silva, the FA added: “It’s alleged that Marco Silva used abusive and/or insulting words and/or gestures and/or behaviour towards the match referee; that he used abusive and/or insulting words towards the fourth official prior to his dismissal; and that he also used abusive and/or insulting words and/or gestures and/or behaviour towards the fourth official after being sent off.
“It’s further alleged that in throwing a water bottle in the direction of the assistant referee that his behaviour was improper.”
United punished Fulham’s meltdown as Bruno Fernandes scored from the penalty spot two minutes before Marcel Sabitzer’s first United goal completed the turnaround, with Fernandes rounding off the win in added time.
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