Cardiff City Stadium

Next Game

Cardiff v Fulham

Saturday, 08 August 2015, 12:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Last Game

Hertha 2 - 2 Fulham

Wednesday, 22 July 2015, 17:00

Friendly Match

Three-match ban for Riether

Fulham defender Sascha Riether has been suspended for three matches with immediate effect following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Wednesday.

Last Updated: 06/11/13 at 16:53 Post Comment

Sascha Riether: Lands a three-match ban from FA

Sascha Riether: Lands a three-match ban from FA

The ban relates to a stamp on young winger Adnan Januzaj in Fulham's 3-1 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday which was not seen by referee Lee Probert or his assistants.

The German full-back apologised for the incident via his official Twitter account on Tuesday, adding: "I will accept the consequences of my actions, and hope to put it behind me when I return."

Earlier in the day, it was reported Fulham were delaying accepting the charge as they sought clarification on certain points of the newly-instigated rules that govern when action can be taken.

However, Riether accepted the charge after becoming the first player to be punished under the Retrospective Action Scheme.

An FA panel of three former referees - Steve Dunn, Eddie Wolstenholme and Alan Wiley - were unanimous in their decision that the incident represented an act of violent conduct. The panel made the ruling on what they believe the official would have done had he seen it.

Last month, FA chairman Greg Dyke revealed his concern about inadequate disciplinary procedures against players after Chelsea striker Fernando Torres appeared to scratch Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen in September.

"When millions of fans watching on TV can see an incident like this and the FA does not take action it is understandably baffling to everybody and has to be addressed," Dyke told the Leaders in Football conference.

"For the FA's disciplinary department to find itself in a position where it is not able to take action against an obvious scratch just can't be right.

"What this means is, despite the rules being changed in the summer, they clearly weren't changed enough.

"As FA chairman I don't like to be in a position where I cannot explain the rules when action should be taken when something is pretty obvious."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Digne agent denies Liverpool talks

Lucas Digne's agent has denied reports he has held talks with Liverpool regarding a move to Anfield for the Paris Saint-Germain left-back.

Mourinho scuppered Reds' Costa move

A new biography has revealed how Jose Mourinho scuppered Liverpool's bid to sign Diego Costa - a year before he arrived in west London.

Ramos 'extends' Real Madrid contract

Manchester United's pursuit of Sergio Ramos is over after the centre-back agreed a new contract extension at Real Madrid.

Mail Box

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

Getting Tired Of De Gea's Disrespect

One Manchester United fan is growing weary of David de Gea's disrespect. Plus thoughts on Southampton's summer, Balotelli loan, and Depay in the centre. Why?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company