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Thatcher banned and fined by Manchester City for illegal challenge

Thatcher banned and fined by Manchester City for illegal challenge

Ben Thatcher received a four-match ban and was fined four weeks wages by Manchester City on Wednesday for elbowing Portsmouth midfielder Pedro Mendes last week.The Wales defender also has a fine for an extra two weeks wages and a further two-match ban suspended pending similar incidents in the future.
Mendes suffered a seizure after being struck in the head by the Manchester City left back during a 0-0 draw in the English Premier League on Aug. 23. He was taken off on a stretcher and spent the night at a Manchester hospital.
"As custodians of the club, and football in general, the board and the manager felt it was important to act as soon as possible," Man City chief executive Alistair Mackintosh told the club's Web site.
Thatcher, who was booked by referee Dermot Gallagher, was also charged by the Football Association with "serious foul play." A yellow card usually precludes further action, but the FA said "the challenge was sufficiently serious that had Thatcher been sent off, an additional sanction would have been merited.
Thatcher has until Sept. 12 to respond to the charge.
Greater Manchester Police are also investigating the incident after receiving a number of complaints from members of the public, which could lead to assault charges.
The 30-year-old Thatcher could return for the home league game against West Ham on Sept. 23 if the FA don't impose a further ban. He would have missed league matches at Reading and Blackburn and a League Cup match against Chesterfield.


Updated : 2021-10-25 13:30 GMT+08:00