Brighton forward Florin Andone has been handed a three-match suspension after being found guilty of violent conduct by the Football Association.
Romania international Andone denied the charge following an apparent elbow on West Brom’s Sam Field during Wednesday’s FA Cup fourth-round replay at The Hawthorns.
But the 25-year-old, who escaped punishment from referee Paul Tierney during the game, has now been banned retrospectively by the FA.
“Whilst he denied the charge, which followed an incident not seen by the match officials but caught on video in the 27th minute of the Emirates FA Cup fixture against West Brom on 6 February 2019, it was subsequently found proven by an Independent Regulatory Commission,” read a statement from an FA spokesperson.
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Andone, who scored the equaliser in the Seagulls’ 3-1 extra-time victory against the Baggies, will now be unavailable for Saturday’s Premier League match with Burnley at the Amex Stadium.
He will also miss Albion’s FA Cup fifth-round tie with Derby on February 16 and the league trip to Leicester 10 days later.
Brighton and Hove Albion striker Florin Andone has been charged with violent conduct by the FA for an apparent elbow during Wednesday night’s FA Cup win over West Bromwich Albion.
The striker avoided punishment at the time, despite appearing to catch Sam Field with a stray elbow in the first half at the Hawthorns.
Paul Tierney decided to not award anything following the 27th-minute incident and the Seagulls striker went on to score Albion’s equaliser as they progressed 3-1 after extra-time.
“Brighton’s Florin Andone has been charged with violent conduct. It follows an incident in the 27th minute of Wednesday’s game against West Brom in the Emirates FA Cup which was not seen by the match officials but caught on camera,” read a statement from the FA’s spokesperson.
“Andone has until 18:00 on 08 February 2019 to respond to the charge.”
After the Romanian cancelled out Kyle Bartley’s opener, a brace from substitute Glenn Murray secured the Seagulls’ win to set up a fifth-round tie at home to Derby County.
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