Fulham forward Aleksandar Mitrovic could suffer a lengthy ban as the English FA has charged him over his excesses in the FA Cup game against Manchester United.
Mitrovic could face a lengthy ban after the Football Association stated that its customary punishment for his marching orders at Manchester United was “clearly insufficient”.
The Serbian International has been slammed with violent and inappropriate behavior charges after a red card was issued to him for shoving referee Chris Kavanagh in Sunday’s 3-1 FA Cup last eight loss to Manchester United.
Fulham’s manager Marco Silva has additionally been indicted for abusive conduct towards the referees in the FA Cup clash.
Marcos Silva would also face an inappropriate behavior indictment for presumably throwing a water bottle towards the position of the assistant referee.
Fulham are also in hot water as they are also set to face a charge for not being able to caution its players in the FA Cup match at Old Trafford.
As the law states, a footballer is suspended for three games if they receive a red card for violent behavior, but the ban can be increased based on the situation involved.
Paolo Di Canio was banned for 11 matches in 1998 for pushing referee Paul Alcock while in action in a Premier League encounter for Sheffield Wednesday against Arsenal.
The Football Association statement detailing the charges slammed on Aleksandar Mitrovic, Fulham and Marco Silva goes thus:
“Fulham, Marco Silva and Aleksandar Mitrovic have been charged following the incidents that took place in or around the 72nd minute of their tie against Manchester United in the FA Cup on Sunday 19 March.
“It is 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 is further alleged that in throwing a water bottle in the direction of the assistant referee his behaviour was improper.
“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”.
“In addition, Aleksandar Mitrovic’s behaviour and/or language was allegedly improper and/or abusive and/or insulting and/or threatening following his dismissal.”
“It’s also alleged that Fulham failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.”
Aleksandar Mitrovic has been an amazing player for Fulham in their impressive season so far by their standards in the Premier League but they could be without his services for a long time due to his supposedly unruly behavior in the FA Cup encounter with Manchester United.
Mitrovic has scored 12 goals in 25 appearances for The Cottagers so far this season and he has assisted Fulham to a 9th placed position currently on the Premier League table.