Southampton’s Osvaldo hit with three-match ban
Southampton forward Pablo Osvaldo has been banned for three games and fined £40,000 for his part in a touchline brawl at Newcastle United on December 14, Sky Sports has reported.
In the final minutes of the 1-1 draw at St. James’ Park, a late challenge by the Saints’ Morgan Schneiderlin on Newcastle defender Massadio Haidara sparked angry scenes between the two sets of backroom staff, which led to the goalkeeping coaches of both clubs - Andy Woodman and Toni Jimenez - to the stands.
Newcastle’s Woodman has been fined £1,250 and warned as to his future behaviour after admitting an FA charge of improper conduct, but Osvaldo has now been suspended after a charge of violent conduct was proved by an FA independent regulatory commission hearing.
Osvaldo, who joined Mauricio Pochettino’s side from Roma in the summer, has just returned to the side after illness, but is now forced to miss Saturday’s FA Cup tie at home to Burnley, as well as Premier League games against West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland.
See what the expert tipsters are tipping on OLBG