It looks as if Mathieu Flamini will be suspended for 4 games following his red card against Southampton last night.
The French midfielder got a straight red from referee Lee Mason which comes with an automatic 3 game ban. He has already served a one game ban this season for picking up 5 yellow cards, meaning an extra game is added on.
8. PUNISHMENTS – Relating to First Team Competitive Matches
(a) CAUTIONS ADMINISTERED ON THE FIELD OF PLAY
(i) If a Player accumulates five cautions in FTCM between the opening day of the
Playing Season and 31 December (including any FTCM played on that day) in the
same Season, he will be suspended automatically for a period covering: -
One First Team Match
And go on to say:
(g). Players dismissed from the Field of Play in a FTCM, having previously in the same season been sent off
in a FTCM (or suspended under the Standard Directions set out in Schedule A in these Regulations for an incident in a FTCM), will be suspended for one extra match for each such previous sending off or suspension, in addition to the automatic suspension applicable to the dismissal. For the purposes of this regulation a previous dismissal in a non FTCM will only be taken into account where it was for violent conduct, serious foul play or spitting.
All of which suggests an extra game on top of the automatic 3 games, which means he’ll miss Palace, Liverpool, United and Liverpool in the FA Cup.
After the news of Aaron Ramsey’s setback it’s a blow for the team, and it did feel as if the Frenchman’s combative nature was always going to catch up with him at some stage.
What a shame it’s now.
*FTCM = First Team Competitive Match