Aleksandar Mitrovic looks set to face an extended ban after the Football Association (FA) said a “standard penalty” would be “manifestly insufficient” after he pushed the referee during Fulham’s FA Cup defeat to Manchester United United 3:1.
Mitrovic reacted aggressively after referee Chris Kavanagh awarded United a penalty after Willian prevented a possible Jadon Sancho goal with his hand when Fulham were 1-0 up.
Kavanagh was just showing Willian a red card when Mitrovic approached him, the Serbian pushed the referee and hit him in the face.
A straight red usually results in a three-match suspension, but it looks like the FA will be looking to give him a longer suspension.
Fulham head coach Marco Silva has also been sent off as the game was suspended due to Willian’s handball and he could also be in line for a serious send off.
The FA said in a statement: “Fulham, Marko Silva and Aleksandar Mitrovic have been charged in connection with incidents that occurred around the 72nd minute of their FA Cup game against Manchester United on Sunday 19 March.
“It is alleged that Marco Silva used insulting and/or offensive words and/or gestures and/or behavior towards the referee of the match; that he had used insulting and/or offensive words against the fourth judge prior to his dismissal; and that he also used offensive and/or offensive words and/or gestures and/or behavior towards the fourth official after the suspension.
“It is further alleged that by throwing the water bottle at the assistant referee, he behaved inappropriately.
“The FA has stated that the standard penalty that would otherwise have been applied to Aleksandar Mitrovic for a send-off for violent behavior he committed towards a match referee is clearly not enough.
“Furthermore, Aleksandar Mitrovic’s behavior and/or language was allegedly inappropriate and/or abusive and/or abusive and/or threatening after his dismissal.
“It is also alleged that Fulham failed to ensure the disciplined behavior of their players.”