Brown banned for Reds butt

10 May 2007 04:33
Fulham midfielder Michael Brown has been handed a three-match suspension after being found guilty of violent conduct by an FA disciplinary commission. Brown denied the charge relating to a clash with Xabi Alonso in the 1-0 win over Liverpool at Craven Cottage last Saturday, but the FA decided that the Cottagers star had head-butted his Reds rival. The resulting ban will see Brown miss Fulham's last game of the Premiership season at Middlesbrough, along with the first two games of next term. Fulham's caretaker manager Lawrie Sanchez had said after the weekend action: "I didn't see the incident, but I saw Alonso have treatment on the side of the pitch. "I asked Browny what happened at half-time and he said they ran into each other, there was no head-butt. "I believe my captain if he says that. He did say they clashed heads but added there was no intent." Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez had a rather different view of the incident, adding: "It was clear and everybody saw it. When the FA view the replay I suppose they'll take action."

Source: ESA

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