Aston Villa will have to do without the services of Leandro Bacuna for the next six matches after the midfielder received a hefty ban for assaulting a linesman.
The incident occurred in the final few seconds of Villa’s game against Derby last Saturday, when the Dutchman gave the official an aggressive nuzzling over a disputed thrown-in…
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Bacuna was subsequently charged with violent conduct by the Football League, who latterly decided to double the standard ban as the circumstances dictated “the standard three-match ban would be clearly insufficient”.
For the record, the 25-year-old has already sat out one match of his elongated suspension having missed Tuesday’s win over Bristol City.