New Aston Villa blow: Senior player to miss next six matches
By Harry Sykes
Leandro Bacuna has been slapped with a six-match suspension by the Football Association for bodychesting a linesman.
The FA announced on their official website on Friday morning that the versatile midfielder will serve the lengthy ban following his sending-off against Derby last weekend.
Bacuna was dismissed in the 94th minute when he bodychested and thrust his head in the direction of the referee’s assistant after a decision didn’t go his way in his side’s 1-0 win.
Referee Andy Madley showed the 25-year-old a straight red card for violent conduct, which immediately meant a three-match ban.
An independent regulatory commission have now ruled that the standard punishment is “clearly insufficient” and have added another three matches to the sanction the player is already serving.
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It means that manager Steve Bruce will be unable to call upon Bacuna, who can play in midfield and at full-back, for over a month.
The Dutchman will miss Championship fixtures against Rotherham, Huddersfield, Sheffield Wednesday, Wigan, Norwich and QPR.
Villa are aiming to secure a third consecutive win when they travel to Yorkshire to face bottom club Rotherham on Saturday afternoon.
In other Aston Villa news, a chief executive has revealed this 24-year-old member of Bruce’s squad was joining West Ham.