Tottenham Star Set To Miss Arsenal Clash Following FA Charge

By on October 24, 2016

Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko could be set to miss the Arsenal game next month after being charged by the Football Association for an elbow on Bournemouth’s Harry Arter.

Sissoko was introduced as a second half substitute during Tottenham’s Premier League stalemate at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon but was lucky to stay on the pitch after catching Arter with a stray elbow as the two midfielders tussled for the ball on the touchline.

The incident wasn’t seen by referee Craig Pawson but the FA have now confirmed on their website that they’ve charged the French international with violent conduct after reviewing video footage.

A statement on thefa.com read:

“Moussa Sissoko has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

“The Tottenham Hotspur forward was involved in an incident with AFC Bournemouth’s Harry Arter in the 79th minute of the game on Saturday [22 October 2016].

“He has until 6pm on Tuesday 25 October to reply.”

If found guilty, Sissoko faces a three-game ban with Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero missing three matches back in September after being found guilty of a similar offence after elbowing West Ham’s Winston Reid in an off the ball incident.

The same punishment for Sissoko would see him miss Tottenham’s upcoming league clash at Leicester, the north London derby against Arsenal at the Emirates as well as the subsequent game with West Ham at White Hart Lane.

The 27-year-old has made a solid start to life at Spurs following his summer move from Newcastle United so Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping he escapes any punishment following today’s FA charge.

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