Manchester United player Ashley Young has been banned for three matches after accepting a Football Association charge of violent conduct.
The full-back appeared to have elbowed Southampton’s Dusan Tadic in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Old Trafford.
Young accepted the charge on Sunday and will miss Manchester United’s FA Cup third-round tie against Derby, and a home league match against Stoke.
Speaking after the game, Tadic said: “He elbowed me and I asked him: ‘Why did you do this?’
“I didn’t really understand. I can fall down but it was really strange because I didn’t expect that from him.”
Asked if Young should have have been sent off, Tadic said: “Yes.”
Manchester United are currently fighting for second position with Chelsea in the Premier League after three successive draws and were beaten at Bristol City in the Carabao Cup on 20 December
The incident was not spotted by referee Craig Pawson during the match but cctv proved the incident took place, hence the ban.
Young, who returned to the England squad last month after a four-year international absence tried arguing that the three-game suspension was excessive but his plea was rejected by a regulatory commission.