Moussa Sissoko charged with violent conduct by FA after Harry Arter elbow

The Frenchman faces a three match suspension after elbowing Harry Arter against Bournemouth.

Moussa Sissoko charged with violent conduct by FA after Harry Arter elbow
Sissoko pleads innocence after striking Arter with an elbow on Saturday (photo: Getty Images / Mike Hewitt)

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko faces a three match suspension after he was charged by the Football Association for violent conduct.

The incident that he's been punished for came during Spurs' 0-0 draw away at AFC Bournemouth on Saturday, in which Sissoko came on as a substitute. 

An act of revenge?

Scrapping for the ball with Harry Arter on the touchline, the Frenchman's elbow was thrown across into Arter's face in what looked like an act of revenge, minutes after Arter had left Victor Wanyama unhappy with a strong tackle.

The evidence looked fairly clear, and now Sissoko is in line to miss Premier League games against Leicester City, Arsenal and West Ham United. He has until 6PM on Tuesday to respond to the charge, although it seems unlikely that Tottenham will contest the matter.

Arter defends the Frenchman

Many may be of the opinion that Sissoko is being harshly treated, given that the injured party - Arter - came out in defence of the Frenchman after the game.

Having received the Man of the Match award, the midfielder was asked about the incident in his post match interview, and explained after the game "He [Sissoko] said sorry, he didn't mean it, so that's end of.

"At times in the heat of battle you react differently and now I feel happy with his apology and if he didn't mean it, hopefully he doesn't get banned."

That isn't to be the case, however, and Tottenham are likely to now be without their £30million summer signing as the Lilywhites look to end a winless streak stretching to three games. They were frustrated in the league by Bournemouth on Saturday, a week after escaping from West Brom with a point, the Champions League stalemate with Bayer Leverkusen sandwiched between those two league games.