Aleksandr Mitrovic: Top 10 Bans in English Football After Fulham Striker’s Suspension

Aleksandr Mitrovic: Top 10 Bans in English Football After Fulham Striker’s Suspension

Elijah Odetokun
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:29 PM
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  • Fulham striker Aleksandr Mitrovic was handed an eight-game ban for shoving match official
  • The Serbian lost his cool in the closing stages of the FA Cup game against Manchester United
  • Fulham's manager Marco Silva was also sent off amid the match which Man United won 3-1

Fulham striker, Aleksandr Mitrovic has been suspended for eight games and fined £75,000 after shoving referee, Chris Kavanagh during the FA Cup game against Manchester United.

The official sent off former Chelsea winger, Willian for handling the ball on the goal line. The Serbian striker, while protesting the decision, then pushed the referee.

Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chris Kavanagh, Fulham, FA Cup, Craven Cottage
Aleksandr Mitrovic was shown a straight red card after shoving referee, Chris Kavanagh. Photo by Clive Brunskill.
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His suspension is not the longest to be issued out in English football. Sports Brief looks at other lengthy and high-profile bans.

1. Enoch West - 30 years

The former Manchester United and Nottingham Forest striker received the most extended ban in English football. In 1915, he was given a life ban for match-fixing but the ban was lifted in 1945 - 30 years later - when he was already 59 years old.

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According to Wikipedia, the 1964 match-fixing scandal helped change the rules that could have seen his suspension overturned on appeal after seven years, as applied to those who were given life bans in the scandal.

2. Joey Barton - 18 months

The English striker was suspended for 18 months after admitting to 1,260 betting breaches in 13 years, ultimately ending his tumultuous career in 2017, according to Guardian.

3. Billy Cook - 12 months

The former Oldham Athletic player was sent off but refused to leave the pitch in 1905, forcing the referee to abandon the game with the scores at 4-1 in favour of Middlesbrough. He was banned for 13 months, according to Who Ate All The Pies.

4. Mark Bosnich - 9 months

According to Sky Sports, the former Chelsea and Manchester United goalkeeper was suspended for nine months while playing for the Blues, after testing positive for a banned substance in 2002.

5. Eric Cantona - 9 months

According to Irish News, the French striker was banned for nine months and fined £30,000 after delivering a kung-fu kick to a Crystal Palace fan following his sending-off. He delivered a classic press conference on his actions.

''When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much,'' he said.
Eric Cantona, Manchester United, Crystal Palace.
Eric Cantona delivering a kung-fu kick to a Crystal Palace fan in 1998. Photo from
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6. Rio Ferdinand - 8 months

The former Manchester United and Leeds defender was banned for eight months for turning up late for a drug test. He later passed the test but was banned regardless, forcing him to miss Euro 2004.

7. Adrian Mutu - 7 months

The former Chelsea striker was banned for seven months for drug use and was consequently sacked by the club in 2004.

8. Kolo Touré - 6 months

BBC Sports reported that the Ivorian defender was suspended for six months after failing a drug test. Manchester City fined him six weeks' wages.

9. Luis Suarez

The former Liverpool striker was suspended twice in England football for 10 games and eight games respectively, for biting Chelsea defender, Branislav Ivanovic and for racially abusing Manchester United defender, Patrice Evra.

Branislav Ivanovic, Luis Suarez, Chelsea, Liverpool
Luis Suarez bites Chelsea defender, Branislav Ivanovic during a game at Stamford Bridge in 2014. Photo: AFP.
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10. Paolo Di Canio

The former West Ham striker was suspended for 11 games and fined £10,000 for pushing the referee in 1998 while playing for Sheffield Wednesday.

Ivan Toney faces lengthy ban

Sports Brief reported that Brentford striker, Ivan Toney faces a lengthy ban after admitting to breaching betting regulations.

The English striker was charged with 232 cases before a further 30 charges were added and could be suspended if found guilty.

Kieran Trippier was suspended for 10 weeks and fined £70,000 for telling his friends that he was moving to Atletico Madrid.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.