Jefferson Lerma charged with violent conduct for BITING an opponent against Sheffield Wednesday after seven-week deliberating process… but Bournemouth midfielder ‘strenuously denies the allegation’ and will request an FA hearing
- Bournemouth’s Jefferson Lerma has been charged by the FA for violent conduct
- The midfielder is alleged to have bitten a Sheffield Wednesday player in a match
- Lerma strongly denies the allegation and is set to launch an appeal
- Bournemouth completely back their player and say they will request a hearing
- FA has said Lerma has until Thursday 24 December 2020 to provide a response
Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma has been charged for violent conduct by the FA, after an alleged bite on an opponent during a match with Sheffield Wednesday on November 3.
The Colombian is alleged to have bitten another player in the 83rd minute of the fixture, which promotion hopefuls Bournemouth lost by a slender 1-0 margin.
Lerma strongly denies the allegation and Bournemouth have confirmed a hearing will be requested to take place between the player and the FA.
With the match and alleged incident having taken place in early November, the decision to make a charge for violent conduct has arrived after a seven-week deliberation process.
Jefferson Lerma has been charged with violent conduct for allegedly biting an opponent
A statement was released by the FA on Tuesday and vaguely outlined the alleged incident but did not name the Sheffield Wednesday player involved.
The statement read: ‘AFC Bournemouth’s Jefferson Lerma has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3.
‘It is alleged that the midfielder committed an act of violent conduct by biting a Sheffield Wednesday FC player during the 83rd minute of an EFL Championship game on Tuesday 3 November 2020.
Bournemouth say Lerma ‘strenuously denies the allegation’ and has ‘cooperated fully’ so far
‘Jefferson Lerma has until Thursday 24 December 2020 to provide a response.’
Bournemouth say Lerma ‘strenuously denies the allegation’ and has ‘cooperated fully with the FA’s initial investigations into the alleged incident’.
‘He will request a hearing over the charge,’ a club statement added.
‘AFC Bournemouth fully support Jefferson and will continue to do so throughout the process.’
The incident will be the first high profile case of an alleged bite involving a South American player since Liverpool’s former striker Luis Suarez was found guilty of the same charge in 2013.
It is the first case of a South American player allegedly biting since Luis Suarez in 2013
The Uruguayan was seen biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic at the Kop end at Anfield during a heated Premier League showdown.
Suarez was handed a 10-game ban by the FA as a result of his actions, and was fined by Liverpool.
In 2018 Derby County’s Bradley Johnson was hit with a four-game ban for biting Stoke City opponent Joe Allen, while more recently Burton Albion goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara – on loan from Manchester United – was banned this year for six matches after also biting an opponent.
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