Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic could face THREE-GAME BAN after escaping red card for shocking elbow on Leeds’ Ben White in just the second minute of the Londoners’ 3-0 defeat
- Fulham were lucky not to finish their 3-0 defeat to Leeds with nine men
- Neeskens Kebano was dismissed in injury time as the hosts’ took the league lead
- Just two minutes into the game, Aleksandar Mitrovic was lucky to escape a red
- The striker flew in with an elbow on the hosts’ Ben White in the second minutes
- The incident went unpunished but Mitrovic will likely be banned retrospectively
Alexsandar Mitrovic could face an FA charge after he appeared to elbow Ben White in the opening minutes of Fulham’s 3-0 defeat at Leeds.
The Serbian’s action was not seen by referee Tony Harrington but it was showed repeatedly on Sky Sports, who were broadcasting the match from Elland Road. It appeared to be the kind of incident that would lead to a red card.
If the Football Association take further action, Mitrovic – who was once shown five red cards in 12 games for Newcastle – could potentially face a three-game ban, which would be a huge blow for Scott Parker’s promotion-chasing side.
Alexander Mitrovic was lucky to escape a red card after just two minutes on Saturday
The striker elbowed Leeds’ Ben White off the ball during Fulham’s 3-0 loss at Elland Road
The incident came just two minutes into the game but the referee failed to spot it
He has scored 23 times this season – midfielder Tom Cairney is second best with eight goals.
Manager Parker said: ‘I have not seen a replay. During the game I didn’t see it as an issue. It would be unfair to comment on that.’
Commentating on the game for Sky Sports, Andy Hinchcliffe said: ‘ That is really naughty, that really is a red card offence from Mitrovic.
The striker stayed on the pitch but couldn’t stop a rampant Leeds as they stormed to victory
‘It’s completely unnecessary, he knows what he’s doing. He’s put an elbow in the face of Ben White and he is very fortunate to still be on the pitch.
‘You talk about aggression, of course you need it in the right areas but that’s not aggression, that’s just surely stupidity, leaving an elbow in a centre-half’s face.
‘It’s unnecessary, it’s intentional as well for me.’
Despite being able to see out the game, Mitrovic could do little as Patrick Bamford, Ezgjan Alioski and Jack Harrison scored to hand Leeds a three-point lead after 39 games, with Fulham’s automatic promotion hopes fading fast.
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