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Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko will serve a three-game ban after being charged with violent conduct by the English Football Association.
Sissoko was charged after elbowing Bournemouth’s Harry Arter in the head over the weekend. The referee failed to see the situation, and the Frenchman was charged with violent conduct after video review. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that the team will accept the punishment.
“It is clear, and we accept the charge. Now we move forward and three games he is suspended,” Pochettino said.
“After the game it was difficult, when you asked me about the action, to appreciate the situation. But when we saw on the TV, and I need to say that it wasn’t the intention but the elbow was in the face of Arter.
“It is true it is a blow he is not available. We are in a period where we need all players fit. We have four difficult games ahead. He was a player that was in our plans to play tomorrow.
“Now we need to try to train with him and keep him fit, and try for him to be in our plans when he is available again.”
Arter, who was on the receiving end of Sissoko’s elbow said that he was hoping Sissoko would avoid suspension after apologizing after the final whistle.
“It looks like he elbowed me but he apologised and said it was an accident so that’s good to me,” Arter said.
“After the game he apologized. I’m not one to hold grudges. He said sorry, he didn’t mean it, so that’s the end of it.
“I thought it was going to be a red card at the time. The ref said he didn’t see it so it’s down to him if he does want to take any action. From my point of view I am happy with his apology.”