West Brom striker Brandon Thomas-Asante handed three-match retrospective ban for Chesterfield incident

West Brom striker Brandon Thomas-Asante has been handed a retrospective three-match ban following a controversial incident against Chesterfield in the FA Cup.
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Video footage appeared to show the forward swing an elbow in the direction of Jeff King late on in the game. With King off the pitch receiving treatment, Thomas-Asante headed in a 93rd minute equaliser to make it 3-3 and force a third round replay.

The incident was missed during the match by referee Rebecca Welch and her officials but was highlighted on Match of the Day.

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According to the Birmingham County Football Association website, Asante has been given a three-match suspension, which means he will miss the replay at The Hawthorns next Tuesday. He will also be unavailable for Albion’s league matches against Luton Town and Burnley.

Brandon Thomas-Asante.Brandon Thomas-Asante.
Brandon Thomas-Asante.

Speaking before the ban came to light, Spireites assistant manager, Danny Webb, said the incident was a ‘shame’ because it denied them a place in the fourth round.

BBC pundit Danny Murphy said it was an ‘awful elbow’ and that Thomas-Asante had ‘got away with one.’