Paul Pogba’s impending ban could be extended
As per a report from the Telegraph this evening, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba could potentially have his impending domestic ban extended by a further game, after seemingly applauding referee Andre Marriner’s decision to send him off.
Pogba’s United went head to head with Arsenal at the Emirates yesterday evening, eventually emerging with a hard-fought 3-1 victory thanks to the heroics of goalkeeper David De Gea and a brace from in-form midfielder Jesse Lingard.
Pogba was also heavily involved, picking up a pair of assists from his midfield berth, before being given his marching orders for a foul on Gunners defender Hector Bellerin 15 minutes from time.
The French midfielder’s challenge was far from pretty, with his studs connecting high and late on the calf of Bellerin.
While it was generally agreed that there was no malicious intent involved, the ugly nature of the challenge, coupled with the fact that Bellerin could have been left with a serious injury, means Pogba will likely be handed a standard 3-match ban.
However, as per the aforementioned report from the Telegraph this evening, suggestions are beginning to grow that Pogba could in fact have a further fixture attached to his sanction, if he is found guilty of applauding referee Andre Marriner’s decision to send him off.
The 24-year-old was seen clearly clapping in the immediate aftermath of his red card being brandished, though the fact that he did so as he walked away from Marriner, rather than towards the official, could result in the former Juventus man escaping further punishment.
The FA will wait for Andre Marriner’s official match report before making their final decision on Pogba’s ban, with an official announcement expected tomorrow.
As it stands, Pogba is set to miss his side’s crucial Manchester derby clash with Premier League leaders City next weekend, as well as matchups with Bournemouth and West Brom.