May 3, 2018 / 11:23 AM / 3 months ago

Soccer: Slimani to miss rest of season after ban for violent conduct

(Reuters) - Newcastle United’s on-loan striker Islam Slimani will miss the rest of the Premier League season after being handed a three-match ban for violent conduct by the English Football Association (FA).

Soccer Football - Premier League - Everton v Newcastle United - Goodison Park, Liverpool, Britain - April 23, 2018 Newcastle United's Islam Slimani in action Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith/Files

The 29-year-old Algerian, who is on loan from Leicester City, was charged after he appeared to kick out at West Bromwich Albion defender Craig Dawson in the 80th minute of Newcastle’s 1-0 league defeat at St. James’ Park last weekend.

The incident was not seen by match officials but was caught on video.

“He accepted the charge but argued the suspension was excessive. This was rejected by an Independent Regulatory Commission,” the FA said in a statement.

Newcastle travel to Watford in the league on Saturday before a trip to Tottenham Hotspur in their penultimate game and end the season with a home match against Chelsea.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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