Aleksandar Mitrovic should be hit with a ten-game ban, says ex-referee

Aleksandar Mitrovic should be hit with a TEN-GAME ban for pushing Chris Kavanagh in defeat at Man United, says former Premier League referee Mark Halsey… as he urges the FA to take better care of officials

  • Mitrovic was shown an instant red card for shoving the referee on Sunday
  • He was reacting to the red cards shown to Willian and manager Marco Silva
  • A three-game ban will be served but it could be longer if decided by the FA 

Aleksandar Mitrovic should get a ten-game ban for his shove on referee Chris Kavanagh, according to former Premier League official Mark Halsey.

Mitrovic was shown an instant red card after he got physical with the official during Fulham’s FA Cup defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.

The outburst of aggression was triggered by Kavanagh showing Willian a red card for blocking Jadon Sancho’s goal-bound shot with his hand, which also led to Fulham manager Marco Silva also seeing red.

Silva admitted after the game that Mitrovic needs to control his emotions better.

The forward will now serve a three game ban for the sending off, but Halsey wrote in his column for The Sun that the ban should be much longer.

Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic was shown a red card for shoving referee Chris Kavanagh

Mitrovic pushed the official after he sent off team-mate Willian and manager Marco Silva

Former referee Mark Halsey has urged the FA to give the forward an extended ten-game ban

‘In some ways Silva was to blame for Mitrovic’s action,’ Halsey wrote. ‘Managers have got to set an example.

‘Mitrovic has technically assaulted Kavanagh by shoving his elbow into him and has then gone at the official with a volley of abuse.

‘The FA have a duty of care to referees and we cannot have this at any level of football.

‘They have to set an example by sanctioning Mitrovic heavily and I would expect both clubs to be charged with failing to control their players.

‘Mitrovic should be hit with a ten-game ban for his part in the madness.’

While it is unclear whether the FA will sanction a further ban, Mitrovic won’t play for Fulham for over a month with the international break now underway.

Mitrovic lost his cool and became aggressive towards Kavanagh in the second half of the game

Members of the Fulham coaching staff had to escort the forward from the field at Old Trafford

It’s not the first time a player has put their hand on an official this season, with Bruno Fernandes appearing to push a linesman against Liverpool, though the Manchester United man went unpunished.

Officials have tried to tighten up disciplinary punishments in recent weeks with more players being booked for confronting officials.

Just last month, Wolves midfielder Mario Lemina was sent off for running towards a referee in protest during their 2-1 win away at Southampton. 

It appears this pattern will only continue, and banning Mitrovic for longer would be another statement of intent from the governing body. 

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