Derby’s Bradley Johnson banned for four games by the FA following bite on Joe Allen

Derby’s Bradley Johnson banned for four games by the FA following bite on Stoke’s Joe Allen

  • Bradley Johnson and Joe Allen clashed in Derby’s league game with Stoke
  • Johnson appeared to bite Allen on the shoulder and has been charged by the FA
  • Allen however said ‘it didn’t happen’ and Johnson had only bitten his shirt
  • The FA have now imposed a four-match ban on the midfielder for his actions 

Danny Gallagher For Mailonline

The FA has charged Derby County midfielder Bradley Johnson with violent conduct for an alleged bite on Joe Allen, and sanctioned a four-game ban. 

The pair clashed after Stoke’s Oghenekaro Etebo was sent off in his side’s 2-1 victory on Wednesday, with TV replays suggesting Johnson sank his teeth into Allen’s shoulder.

Making an announcement on Friday evening, the footballing body confirmed Johnson would be receiving a ban as a result of his actions.

Bradley Johnson has been charged by the FA after appearing to bite Stoke's Joe Allen

Bradley Johnson has been charged by the FA after appearing to bite Stoke’s Joe Allen

Johnson is also set to serve an additional game away from football, due to accumulating five cautions.

An FA statement said: ‘Bradley Johnson has been suspended for four games after he was found to have committed an act of violent conduct for which the standard punishment would be clearly insufficient.

‘The Derby County player was involved in an incident with Stoke City’s Joe Allen during Wednesday’s game [28 November 2018] which was not seen by the match officials but caught on camera.

The pair got involved in a scuffle during Wednesday night's Championship encounter

The pair got involved in a scuffle during Wednesday night’s Championship encounter

‘Johnson denied the charge of violent conduct with an Independent Regulatory Commission then considering The FA’s allegation that the three-match sanction should be increased.

‘In addition to the suspension for violent conduct, the player will also serve a one-match ban for accumulating five cautions.’ 

Following the match Allen had said Johnson had merely bitten his shirt but the FA said that after reviewing footage of the incident, the Derby player would face a trial by an Independent Regulatory Commission. 

Stoke manager Gary Rowett, who managed Johnson at Derby last season, tried to play down the incident down following the initial charge.

‘We are not going to make any complaints,’ said Rowett. ‘I spoke to Joe and he said it wasn’t anything massively problematic. It was part of the melee, a moment in the game that probably looked worse than it was.’

Allen backed up his manager’s comments by claiming he was not bitten by Johnson, and said: ‘People asked me at half-time what had happened and suggested I’d been bitten, but to clear it all up, that didn’t happen. 

‘He might have caught a bit of my shirt but I think we can lay that one to rest.’

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