Papiss Cisse accepts ban for Seamus Coleman elbow

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse will be banned for three matches after accepting a Football Association charge of violent conduct for elbowing Everton`s Seamus Coleman, his club announced on Tuesday.

AFP| Updated: Dec 30, 2014, 20:42 PM IST
Papiss Cisse accepts ban for Seamus Coleman elbow

London: Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse will be banned for three matches after accepting a Football Association charge of violent conduct for elbowing Everton`s Seamus Coleman, his club announced on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old Senegal international swung his elbow at Coleman during Newcastle`s 3-2 home win in the Premier League on Sunday. Referee Craig Pawson missed the incident but Cisse was charged retrospectively.

"Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse has accepted a charge of violent conduct from the Football Association," Newcastle said in a statement on their website.

"Cisse has accepted the charge and will now serve a three-match suspension, which starts with immediate effect."

Cisse, who has scored five times in his last six matches, will miss Thursday`s home match against Burnley, Saturday`s FA Cup third-round trip to Leicester City and Chelsea`s visit on January 10.

Speaking after Sunday`s match, Everton manager Roberto Martinez said that Cisse should have been sent off for the incident, which occurred shortly before he cancelled out Arouna Kone`s opening goal for the visitors.

"It is unacceptable, that action from Papiss Cisse," Martinez said. "You don`t want to see that on a football pitch, that shouldn`t be allowed.

"Two players fighting for their position at a dead-ball situation and you end up deciding to take the law into your own hands by elbowing a fellow professional. It`s unacceptable and that should have been a red card."