Van Persie May Get 3-Match Violent Conduct Ban: Soccer Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.

Elbow Incident

Manchester United’s Robin van Persie may receive a three- match ban for violent conduct after television pictures captured him elbowing Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye in the face during yesterday’s Premier League match, the Daily Express reported.

Although referee Howard Webb didn’t see the incident, he is allowed to look at TV replays and could recommend a charge of violent conduct to the Football Association, the Express said. Van Persie was seen to strike a blow toward Cabaye with his elbow, felling the Frenchman, the newspaper added.

Cole Dropped

England left-back Ashley Cole is set to be left out of the team for the Oct. 12 World Cup qualifier against San Marino as punishment for criticizing the Football Association on Twitter, the Daily Mirror reported.

Chelsea will fine Cole two weeks’ wages for breaching the club’s social media policy and he’ll also be charged by the F.A. with misconduct and fined about 20,000 pounds ($32,200) by the governing body, the Mirror added.

Suarez ‘Embarrassment’

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis urged the F.A. to ban Luis Suarez for diving after accusing the Liverpool striker of trying to trick the referee into awarding a penalty during yesterday’s 0-0 draw between the teams, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Suarez fell under the challenge of Steven N’Zonzi and Marc Wilson in the 75th minute, though replays showed the Uruguayan hadn’t been touched by the Stoke defenders, dropping to his knees in an appeal to win the spot kick, the newspaper added.

“Luis Suarez should be punished,” the Telegraph cited Pulis as saying. “The one in the penalty box was an embarrassment and how he wasn’t booked I don’t know.”

Contract Talks

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger plans to hold fresh talks this week about a new contract for England forward Theo Walcott, the Mirror reported.

With Walcott away on international duty, Wenger will try to negotiate with his advisers after the player stalled on the club’s offer of 75,000 pounds a week, the Mirror added.

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