No appeal by club as Sissoko charged on contact

LONDON • Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko has been charged with violent conduct over an incident involving Bournemouth's Harry Arter, the Football Association said yesterday.

The 27-year-old, who came on as a substitute in Tottenham's 0-0 draw against Bournemouth on Saturday, appeared to elbow Arter in the face in the second half but escaped punishment.

The incident was not seen by the match officials, but caught on video. The France international now faces a three-match ban.

"Off-the-ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite match officials," the FA said in a statement on its website (www.thefa.com).

"Each panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence.

"For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous."

Tottenham next face Liverpool away in the League Cup today and at a pre-match news conference yesterday, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said: "We accept it, as a club. After viewing the video we accept the charge and now we move forward."

The Argentinian had said he did not have a clear view of the incident in his post-match interview and added: "After the game it was difficult.

"You asked me about the action and it was true it was difficult to acknowledge the situation, what happened.

"It wasn't intentional but his elbow was in Arter's face. It's clear. We accept the charge and now it's to move forward with him suspended for three games."

Tottenham, who are approaching a busy spell of games, are likely to ring the changes at Anfield.

"We're in a period where we need the whole squad, all players fit to compete," Pochettino said.

"We have Liverpool and then Leicester, Bayer Leverkusen and Arsenal.

"He (Sissoko) was in our plans to play but now we need to change a little. We have some injuries.

"Toby (Alderweireld) and Harry Kane are difficult to use. We have some other problems and some players need to rest after playing a lot."

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 25, 2016, with the headline 'No appeal by club as Sissoko charged on contact'. Print Edition | Subscribe