It has this evening been confirmed that Southampton striker Charlie Austin has been hit with a 3-game ban for violent conduct, after his clash with Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl yesterday.
The two sides went head to head in a Premier League fixture at St. Mary’s yesterday afternoon, with Charlie Austin’s 24th-minute goal cancelled out by Terriers striker Laurent Depoitre just past the hour mark to see the shares spoiled.
The result leaves Huddersfield in 11th with 22 points in the Premier League table, with Southampton 3 points and 2 places behind in 13th.
Austin, who had an eventful day all-round, continued his excellent recent vein of form in front of goal when he nodded home following Wesley Hoedt’s header during the first-half, before limping off with an injury 10 minutes from time.
Speaking following the clash, Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino revealed that the injury could be set to keep Austin on the sidelines for ‘a couple of weeks, minimum.’
However, as per breaking news this evening, Austin would not have been taking to the pitch anytime soon whether fit or not, with the FA confirming that the English striker has been hit with a 3-match ban for violent conduct.
The sanction comes after a clash between Austin and Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl.
After being sent through on goal just past the half-hour mark, Austin was comfortably beaten to the ball by Terriers shot-stopper Lossl, with the Saints star having left a foot in, completely unnecessarily, on the face of Lossl, leaving the Dane with a nasty cut on his face.
With referee Lee Probert having missed the incident, video footage has since been reviewed by a disciplinary committee, who have deemed that Austin’s needless challenge is worthy of a 3-match ban.
Further reports claim that Austin has since accepted the charge, but argued that his ban is excessive.
However, his pleas were rejected by an Independent Regulatory Commission.
As such, the 28-year-old is set to miss Southampton’s upcoming Premier League clashes with Tottenham, Manchester United and Crystal Palace.