By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham face the prospect of losing Moussa Sissoko for the next three domestic games if the FA decide to throw the book at him for elbowing Harry Arter.
Attacking midfielder Sissokho clashed with Bournemouth midfielder Arter in the goalless Premier League draw at the Vitality stadium on Saturday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side blew the chance to go top of the table and could suffer further if the FA decide to take retrospective action against the £30million summer signing.
The Sun claim it is expected that the governing body will look at the incident again and could charge Sissoko with violent conduct after he appeared to elbow Arter as the pair tussled for the ball at a throw-in.
The Spurs man, who was a second-half replacement for Dele Alli, sparked a melee between both sets of players.
Referee Craig Pawson did not see the incident or take any action.
But the FA blazers have the power to ban Sissoko for three domestic matches, which would rule him out of the League Cup trip to Liverpool, the visit of champions Leicester City and finally the trip to Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal in the Premier League.
But Arter has come to the defence of his fellow pro asking the FA to overlook the clash as Sissoko claimed it was not deliberate.
“He (Sissoko) said it was an accident and I’m happy to take that as gospel” Arter told Sky Sports 1’s live coverage of the match afterwards.
The 27-year-old moved to White Hart Lane from Newcastle last summer for £30million after impressing for France at Euro 2016.
In other Tottenham news, fans have reacted on Twitter after Chelsea overtook Pochettino’s side in the Premier League table.