Suspension - Soccer Wiretap

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Receives 2-Match Suspension

May 17, 2019 10:41 PM

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was suspended for 2 matches for violent conduct during last weekend's 2-0 loss to NYCFC.

Ibrahimovic grabbed NYCFC keeper Sean Johnson by the neck following a confrontation.

Ibrahimovic is in second place with 9 goals on the season.

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Tags: LA Galaxy, Suspension

Neymar Gets 3-Match Ban For Altercation With Fan

May 10, 2019 1:14 PM

Neymar received a 3-match Ligue 1 ban after getting in an altercation with a fan following PSG's Coupe de France final loss to Rennes.

Despite PSG's plans to appeal the ban, Thomas Tuchel said that Neymar and the club must accept the punishment.

"The penalty is normal. Neymar made a mistake, so he must accept it. We must accept it," said Tuchel.

Neymar also received a 3-match ban in the Champions League following his outburst on Instagram after PSG's loss to Manchester United. 

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Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, Suspension

Diego Costa Refuses To Train With Atleti After Getting Fined

Apr 18, 2019 6:59 PM

Diego Costa has reportedly refused to train with Atletico Madrid after the club fined him for his behavior against Barcelona.

Costa is currently serving a 8-game ban after getting sent off in the match.

Diego Simeone stood by his striker.

"Costa is an animal who can do things that make us suffer like what happened at the Nou Camp when he really needed him. But I don't judge players for one incident, I evaluate them for everything and there are many more positive than negative things about Diego," said Simeone.


Tags: Atlético Madrid, Suspension

Birmingham City Receives 9-Point Deduction For Financial Losses

Mar 23, 2019 11:50 AM

Birmingham City have moved from 5th to 18th on the Championship table after receiving a 9-point deduction from the Football League. They are 5 points clear of the relegation zone.

The league found that Birmingham City had lost over $64 million from 2016, more than the league limit of $51 million.

Much of the spending took place under Harry Redknapp and Gianfranco Zola. 

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Tags: Suspension

Mauricio Pochettino Calls 2-Match Suspension 'Completely Unfair'

Mar 7, 2019 1:10 PM

Mauricio Pochettino said he was in "a little bit of shock" over his 2 game suspension for confronting Mike Dean following a match.

“I am a little bit in shock because I think it’s completely unfair. But what can I do now? Nothing. We still don’t know the reasons because the letter [of explanation] still hasn’t arrived...of course it wasn’t the best way to complain or talk with the referee, but I never expected this type of situation, that for me is not fair. I need to see the reasons why, and then we’ll see what happens," said the Tottenham manager.

Pochettino stated that this was his first offense in seven years in England, adding "it’s my first time here that I’m maybe not completely right in my behaviour but I feel this is too much. I feel a little sad and disappointed with the punishment. I need to wait see [their] reasons to ban me for two games. It’s unbelievable, no?”

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Tags: Tottenham Hotspur, Suspension

Sergio Ramos Charged With Deliberate Booking

Feb 27, 2019 8:38 AM

Sergio Ramos has been charged by UEFA with "receiving a yellow card on purpose" in Real Madrid's Champions League last-16 first leg with Ajax.

Ramos admitted he would "be lying if I said I didn't force [the booking]."

Ramos later clarified his post-match comments, saying: "I was referring to forcing the foul, a foul that was inevitable. Not to forcing the booking.

"It was a very dangerous counter-attack in the 88th minute, with an open match and the tie as well."

He added: "That's why I said that I would lie if I said I did not know that I was carrying a penalty, just as I knew that I had no other choice than to make a mistake. And that's what I meant when I said that in football you have to make complicated decisions."

Ramos could receive a two-match ban.


Tags: Real Madrid, Suspension

Inter To Play Two Matches Behind Closed Doors

Dec 27, 2018 6:34 PM

Inter were ordered to play their next two Serie A matches behind closed doors. The ban was in response to monkey chants directed towards Kalidou Koulibaly.

The two matches are against Sassulo and Bologna in January and February.

Inter released a statement on Instagram and Twitter condemning the abuse, saying "Since 1908, Inter has represented integration, innovation and progressiveness. The history of Milan is a welcoming one and together we are fighting to build a future without discrimination. Those who do not understand this history do not stand with us".

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Tags: Internazionale, IQ, Suspension

Sergio Ramos Won't Face Discipline Over Doping Claims

Nov 27, 2018 10:43 AM

Sergio Ramos won't face any disciplinary action following a report alleging he had been involved in irregularities during anti-doping controls on two occasions.

Football Leaks documents claimed Ramos tested positive for a prohibited substance after the 2017 Champions League final and did not follow correct procedures when called for a routine test after a game at Malaga in April.

After Ramos tweeted on Saturday that an "official allowed me to shower," Der Spiegel published what it said was a letter sent to Madrid by AEPSAD in September, in which a doping official said no such permission had been given.

Ramos described the Football Leaks claims as "lies."

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Tags: Real Madrid, Suspension

Cristiano Ronaldo Receives Red Card, Could Miss Old Trafford Match

Sep 19, 2018 6:14 PM

Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off with a red card in Juventus' Champions League match against Valencia.

Ronaldo appeared to put his hand on the head of the Valencia defender Jeison Murillo, who fell to the ground. The referee Felix Brych gave Ronaldo a straight red card after discussing the incident with his assistant behind the goal.

Ronaldo may miss a return to Old Trafford to play Manchester United next month.

Ronaldo had never received a red card in 154 Champions League matches.

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Tags: Juventus, Manchester United, Suspension

Chelsea Facing Possible Transfer Ban For Breaking Rules On Minors

Jan 18, 2018 4:14 PM

Chelsea is facing a possible transfer ban following accusations from FIFA of breaking the rules on the signing of 25 minors.

FIFA announced last September that they were investigating possible breaches at Chelsea when it came to the recruitment of youth players from overseas.

Clubs are not permitted to sign players under the age of 18 from other countries unless their parents have emigrated for reasons not connected to football or both the player and club are based within 50km of a national border. 

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have all received transfer bans for similar violations.

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Tags: Chelsea, Suspension

Paul Pogba Sent Off With Straight Red, Will Miss Manchester Derby
Paul Pogba clumsily planted his studs into Hector Bellerin's leg.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Given Five-Match Ban For Pushing Referee
Cristiano Ronaldo pushed referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea as he left the field.

Press Association

Court Upholds Atletico's Transfer Ban
In January 2016, Atletico and neighbours Real Madrid were banned from all transfers during the summer 2016 and winter 2017 windows.

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Paul Pogba's Agent May Have Earned $53.4M Off Transfer
Paul Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, was reportedly paid €27 million by Juventus from a mandate to sell the player as well as €19.4 million by United

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FIFA Rescinds Four-Match Ban Against Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi missed Argentina's 2-0 loss to Bolivia but will return for critical matched against Uruguay, Venezuela and Peru.

The Guardian

Neymar Could Face Suspension For Clasico
Neymar could miss out on the Clasico after receiving a red card in Saturday's loss at Malaga.

Press Association

Lionel Messi Suspended Four Matches By FIFA For Insulting Referee
Argentina will be without Lionel Messi for four of their final five World Cup qualifiers.

The Guardian

Arsene Wenger Given Four-Match Ban By FA
Arsene Wenger has been given an immediate four-match touchline ban for remonstrating with officials in Arsenal's 2-1 win over Burnley.

Press Association

Aguero Banned Four Matches, Fernandinho Out For Three
Sergio Aguero received a straight red card for his reckless challenge on David Luiz.

Press Association

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Dropped For Unsanctioned Trip To Italy
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made an unsanctioned trip to Italy on Monday to attend a party about 60 kilometers from Milan.

FIFA Upholds Transfer Bans For Real Madrid, Atleti
Neither club can register players during the next two transfer windows and will have to wait until January 2018 to make any new signings.


Sergio Aguero To Miss Manchester Derby On Suspension
Sergio Aguero appeared to elbow Winston Reid.

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Paul Pogba Suspended For United's First EPL Match Of 16-17
Paul Pogba is suspended because of the two bookings he received in last season's Coppa Italia.


Mousa Dembele Suspended Six Matches For Eye Gouge Of Diego Costa
Mousa Dembele will miss the final two matches of the current season for Tottenham Hotspur along with the first four matches next season.

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Mousa Dembele Could Receive Suspension For Diego Costa Eye Gouge
Tottenham's title hopes were abruptly ended when Eden Hazard struck late to hand Leicester City the Premier League title.

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Jamie Vardy Could Face Extra Match Ban
Jamie Vardy is automatically banned for Swansea City's visit on Sunday but could also sit out the following match against Manchester United.

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Diego Costa Receives Extra Match Ban
Diego Costa's reluctance to leave the pitch, and reaction at the referee’s decision, has earned him a further ban, a £20,000 fine and a warning as to his future conduct.

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Serge Aurier Suspended By PSG Until March 20th
Serge Aurier, a regular in the team this season, has apologized publicly for his comments.


Real Madrid, Atletico Banned From Transfers Until Summer Of 2017
Real Madrid had tried to buy David de Gea in last summer's window and have been linked to Eden Hazard for upcoming windows.

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Jermaine Jones Suspended Six Matches For Referee Bump
Jermaine Jones is a free agent and has been entertaining offers from overseas clubs.

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