The FA recently issued a decision to suspend Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic for physical impact with referee Chris Kavanagh.
Accordingly, Mitrovic received a direct red card for a reaction error in the match against Man United, the FA Cup quarter-final. However, the FA investigated the incident because of the seriousness of the act of pushing the referee, and considered that the usual three-match ban was not enough of a deterrent.
According to official information, the English Football Federation has issued a very heavy penalty – 8 matches with the Serbian striker. Specifically as follows: 3 matches for a direct red card, 3 matches for insulting / insulting the referee and 2 more matches for continuing to argue after receiving a red card, a total of 8 matches.
In this match, Fulham took the lead against Man United, but Willian’s handball situation changed all that. The Brazilian midfielder personally received a red card directly, Mitrovic and coach Marco Silva were also sent off respectively for reacting errors. The Fulham captain also received a two-match suspension.
On social networks, many commented that this punishment was too heavy, there were even many sarcastic comments: “Unlucky for Mitrovic, if it’s Harry Kane, it’s not even a man. red card”. However, there are also opinions agreeing with this decision.
In the past, striker Paulo Di Canio received an 11-match ban while at Sheffield United, for shoving referee Paul Alcock during a Premier League match in 1998.