Justice prevails. Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham received a three match ban from the Football Association for throwing a wild elbow that connected with Jan Vertonghen's noggin during Spurs' 3-1 win at Selhurst Park.
The striker elbowed Vertonghen in the forehead during a contested header in the box midway through the second half. Vertonghen dropped like a sack of potatoes and landed awkwardly, injuring his MCL in the process. He eventually limped off and was substituted for Kevin Wimmer. Vertonghen is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.
The three match ban is a standard penalty issued by the FA for violent conduct, and by indications Wickham surely deserved it. Wickham apparently admitted the charge but contested the three match ban under mitigating circumstances. This was rejected by the FA panel, and Wickham will now miss Palace's FA Cup tie against Stoke City this weekend, as well as league matches vs. Bournemouth and at Swansea.