Burnley defender James Tarkowski has been handed a three-match ban after he accepted a charge of violent conduct.
Tarkowski, 25, was earlier charged after video replays showed that he swung his arm into Brighton striker Glenn Murray’s chest during Saturday goalless draw in the Premier League at the Amex Stadium.
Tarkowski will now miss league games against Tottenham, Manchester United and Huddersfield but he is expected to be available for the visit of Liverpool on January 1.
Speaking about the development, Burnley boss Sean Dyche said the length of the ban was “disappointing”.
In his words, Dyche said: “It must be pointed out that we don’t condone the action.”
“He does turn round and nudge him in his ribs, but as a grown man I think it’s unlikely to need to fall to the floor and stay down for 30 seconds.
“But the game’s changing and the honour in the game is changing as well.” he concluded.