Stuani banned for elbow on PNE's Cunningham

Middlesbrough striker Cristhian Stuani has been banned for three games by the FA after an elbow on Preston North End left-back Greg Cunningham.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 13th April 2016, 9:35 am
Updated Wednesday, 13th April 2016, 9:37 am
Cristhian Stuani has been banned for three games
Cristhian Stuani has been banned for three games

The Uruguayan was charged with violent conduct after the FA reviewed video footage of the incident during PNE’s 1-0 defeat at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.

Footgae showed Stuani swing an elbow into Cunningham’s head as they challenged to meet a corner.

Referee Oliver Langford and his assistants missed it at the time but it was picked up on camera.

Middlesbrough contested the charge but a disciplinary panel found the case proven and the three-game ban was imposed on Stuani, the first of which he served on Tuesday night when Boro beat Reading 2-1 to go top of the Championship.

The disciplinary process saw three former referees watch footage of the incident before the FA chose to charge Stuani.

A statement from the FA said: “A regulatory commission found the case proven and Stuani will serve an immediate three-match suspension.”

Giving his reaction to the ruling, Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka said: “I don’t want to say a lot of things but the only thing I can say is that my feeling is I don’t think it’s fair because I don’t think all the teams are playing in the same conditions.”