Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko has been charged by the FA in relation to an incident in Saturday’s draw at Bournemouth.
The French international appeared to elbow Harry Arter during the 0-0 stalemate despite having been on the pitch for less than minutes, and because referee Craig Pawson did not see the incident, the FA were free to implement their own sanctions.
Sissoko’s elbow ? pic.twitter.com/2iTBDoNJl7
— NUFC Pulse (@NUFCPulse) October 22, 2016
Arter reacted to the incident at the time, but appeared to accept Sissoko’s apology after the game and did not push for any sort of ban to be imposed on the Spurs player.
“He caught me straight in the face and if you get hit in the face anyone would have a reaction.
“After the game he apologised. I’m not one to hold grudges. He said sorry, he didn’t mean [to do] it, so that’s end of.
“It looks like he elbowed me but he apologised and said it was an accident so that’s good to me. At times in the heat of the battle you react differently and now I feel happy with his apology and if he didn’t mean it hopefully he doesn’t get banned.”
However, the FA saw it differently and have confirmed that the 27-year-old has been charged and could face anything up to a three-game ban.
— The FA (@FA) October 24, 2016
Sissoko has until 6pm on Tuesday evening to respond to the charge, though it is unknown at this time whether or not he or Tottenham will contest it.