Football: Newcastle striker Cisse accepts ban for elbowing Everton's Coleman

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. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - 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."