Tot­ten­ham to learn if Sis­soko could face FA ban for elbow

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TOT­TEN­HAM HOT­SPUR could find out to­day whether Moussa Sis­soko faces a pos­si­ble ret­ro­spec­tive ban for el­bow­ing Harry Arter dur­ing goal­less draw with Bournemouth on Satur­day.

The flash­point hap­pened in the 80th minute of the con­test as the mid­field­ers tus­sled on the near touch­line. Hav­ing been floored, Arter was en­raged, with re­plays clearly show­ing the 26-year-old was struck in the side of the face by Sis­soko’s right elbow as the France mid­fielder looked to take a quick thrown-in.

The ref­eree, Craig Paw­son, ap­peared to have a clear view of the com­ing to­gether but took no ac­tion and it is now a case of wait­ing to see if he in­cludes a ref­er­ence to it in his match re­port to the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion. If Paw­son con­firms that he did see Sis­soko elbow Arter and stands by his de­ci­sion not to show the Tot­ten­ham man a yel­low or red card then the FA can take no ac­tion. How­ever, should the of­fi­cial state that he did not have a clear view, or missed it al­to­gether, then Sis­soko would be in line to be hit with a three-match ban for vi­o­lent con­duct.

The FA ex­pects to re­ceive Paw­son’s re­port this morn­ing. If the gov­ern­ing body does find it­self in a po­si­tion to ban Sis­soko, the in­ci­dent will be re­ferred to a three-per­son video panel who will de­cide whether to bring a charge.

It is un­likely that the pro­ce­dure could be dealt with in time for Sis­soko to be ruled out of to­mor­row’s EFL Cup fourth-round tie at Liverpool. In­stead, the 27-yearold would most likely miss the visit of Le­ices­ter City on Satur­day, the derby with Arsenal on Novem­ber 6 and the match against West Ham United 13 days later. Tot­ten­ham would have the right to ap­peal any ban, al­though that could lead to it be­ing ex­tended.

Speak­ing af­ter Satur­day’s match, which saw Tot­ten­ham main­tain their record as the only un­de­feated team in the Premier League, Arter said he had ac­cepted an apol­ogy from Sis­soko for the elbow as well as his op­po­nent’s in­sis­tence that it was an ac­ci­dent. “I’m happy to take that as gospel,” said the Bournemouth player. — The Guardian

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