Mitrovic bags eight-game ban for pushing referee

Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic has been given an eight-match ban by an independent commission after pushing referee Chris Kavanagh in their FA Cup loss at Manchester United.

The Serbia striker received a three-match ban for the sending off, three for violent conduct and an additional two for “improper, abusive, insulting and threatening” language.

He will also receive a £75,000 fine.

Fulham manager Marco Silva will serve a two-match ban after he was sent off.

In addition to an improper conduct charge for allegedly throwing a water bottle in the direction of the assistant referee, Silva was charged with misconduct for comments he made in a press conference following the FA Cup defeat.

Silva said in a statement he had apologised to Kavanagh and that he “regrets what happened” in the match on 19 March, after he was also charged with abusive behaviour towards match officials.

One game of Mitrovic’s ban has already been served, meaning the forward will be available for Fulham’s last three Premier League games of the season, the first coming at Southampton on 13 May.

Following Mitrovic’s straight red card for protesting against Kavanagh’s decision to send off Willian, the Football Association said its standard punishment for his dismissal at Old Trafford was “clearly insufficient”.

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