Chelsea star Florent Malouda facing FA ban for slapping Everton skipper Phil Neville

06 December 2010 12:21
Florent Malouda isfacing a possible three-gameban afterreferee Lee Probertdecided to review hisclash with Phil Neville.

The official gave afree-kick againstEverton after Nevilletackled the Chelseastar from behind, butreplays showedMalouda slap hisopponent inthe face andthe FA wanthim to takeanother look.

Hot water: Florent Malouda could be hit with an FA ban

Neville did notmake an issue ofit, racing backinto defence andMatch ofthe Dayfailed tohighlight the flashpoint.

Probert will also be askedto take another look at alunging tackle by BranislavIvanovic on SeamusColeman, which DavidMoyes branded 'disgusting'.

If the referee decides hewould have shown eitherplayer a red card if he hadseen the incidents moreclearly, they will be chargedwith violent conduct.

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Malouda looks most at risk.A ban will pile morepressure on CarloAncelotti as thechampions struggle forpoints after a flying startto the season.

Four minutes after beingslapped, the Evertoncaptain was booked for aclumsy challenge onDidier Drogba.

Neville said: 'It was myfirst tackle of the gameand after it I get struck inthe face and I'm the onewho ends up gettingbooked later on. I thinkit's the wrong decision.

'You want to keep 11players on the pitchbut you always wantfairness.'

Moyes was incensedby the incident,saying: 'Phil couldquite easily havestayed down andheld his face buthe didn't.'

Petr Cechneeded five minutesof treatment on the pitchand three stitches by hiseye after a boot in theface from Tim Cahill.

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