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Moussa Sissoko charged by the FA with violent conduct for Arter elbow

I’ll take “Least Surprising Spurs News” for $2000, Alex.

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Well, most of us figured this was coming. Two days after Moussa Sissoko leveled Bournemouth’s Harry Arter with an elbow during Tottenham Hotspur’s nil-nil draw at the Vitality Stadium, the Football Association has charged Sissoko with violent conduct pending a review.

Moussa Sissoko has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

The Tottenham Hotspur forward was involved in an incident with AFC Bournemouth’s Harry Arter in the 79th minute of the game on Saturday [22 October 2016].

He has until 6pm on Tuesday 25 October to reply.

What this means is that, essentially, match official Craig Pawson and his assistant both claimed not to have seen the incident, which took place on the sidelines after the ball went out of play. Since neither official claim to have seen it, that makes the incident eligible for an FA panel to review and make a recommendation. And that is not good news for Sissoko.

Replays show that Arter was attempting to delay Sissoko from throwing the ball in quickly, and Sissoko caught him flush in the temple with an elbow. What’s not entirely clear was whether Sissoko knew Arter was there or if the elbow was deliberate; Arter said after the match that he didn’t think it was deliberate and that Sissoko was “not that kind of player.”

That’s probably not going to matter to the FA. The optics on the replay are baaaaaaad and whether or not Sissoko meant to actually hit him it was a dumb decision to have a high arm in that situation anyway. He was very lucky that he didn’t get red carded immediately. My guess is that Sissoko’s not going to appeal the charges and that the FA will give him a three match ban for violent conduct. We’ll find out by tomorrow.

UPDATE: Tottenham has accepted the charges brought forth by the FA. Sissoko will very likely serve a three match ban.