Villa’s Grealish given three-match ban

18 Oct

Jack Grealish shook hands with Conor Coady at half-time following the incident against Wolves


Jack Grealish shook hands with Conor Coady at half-time following the incident against Wolves

Aston Villa’s England Under-21 international Jack Grealish has been given a three-game ban for a “stamp” in Saturday’s derby with Wolves.

The incident, involving Wolves midfielder Conor Coady, sparked an altercation among the players in the 1-1 draw at Villa Park.

Coady and Grealish’s Villa team-mate Ross McCormack were both booked by referee David Coote for retaliation.

But the Football Association viewed a kick by Grealish as “violent conduct”.

The late first-half incident, not originally seen by the referee or his match officials, was captured on video.

The suspension takes immediate effect, ruling the 21-year-old winger out of Tuesday’s game at Reading, Saturday’s home match with Fulham and the local derby against Birmingham City at St Andrew’s on 30 October.

An FA statement said Grealish accepted the charge of violent conduct, but contested that “the automatic penalty of a three-match suspension would be clearly excessive”, a claim which was rejected by an independent regulatory commission.

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