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Aleksandr Mitrovic hit with an eight-game ban for pushing referee Chris Kavanagh

Fulham striker Aleksandr Mitrovic has received an eight-game ban after pushing referee Chris Kavanagh during a recent FA Cup clash with Manchester United.

The Serbian striker will miss the bulk of Fulham’s remaining games this season.

Mitrovic lost his head in the FA Cup clash after Kavanagh rightly sent off Willian for a deliberate handball.

The referee also brandished a red card at manager Marco Silva over his complaints and conduct.

The striker confronted Kavanagh over his decisions but overstepped the mark. He pushed the official, forcing him to bring out another red card.

The red is already a three-game ban, but he will get an additional five games plus a £75,000 fine.

A statement from the FA read: “Fulham FC, Marco Silva and Aleksandar Mitrovic have been sanctioned by an independent Regulatory Commission following a hearing in relation to their tie against Manchester United in the FA Cup on Sunday, March 19. 

“The Regulatory Commission has suspended Aleksandar Mitrovic for eight matches.

“One of these has already been served, and therefore the forward will be unavailable for Fulham FC’s next seven matches. 

“Finally, the club admitted that it failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion around the 72nd minute, and the Regulatory Commission imposed a £40,000 fine.”

Mitrovic has served the first game of the ban. The 28-year-old was ruled out as the Cottagers fell to a 2-1 defeat against Bournemouth.

Silva will also serve a two-game touchline ban. He received a £40,000 fine for his behaviour and comments.

He admitted to using abusive and insulting words, gestures and behaviour towards Kavanagh.

The Portuguese manager also used abusive and insulting words and gestures toward the fourth official.

Mitrovic’s absence will be a massive miss for the London club. He is their top scorer with 11 goals and one assist in 21 league games.

They are tenth in the table and have practically secured their stay in the league for next season.

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