Pablo Daniel Osvaldo Gets 3-Match Ban, Fine for Melee vs. Newcastle United

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 3, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Pablo Daniel Osvaldo of Southampton reacts after a missed chance on goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo will be forced to serve a three-game ban and must pay a £40,000 fine for his involvement in a touchline incident against Newcastle in December.

BBC Sport passed along word of the punishment on Friday:

The Press Association's Nick Purewal, via the Daily Mail, provided the full statement from the FA: "Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today, Southampton’s Dani Osvaldo has been suspended for three matches with immediate effect and fined £40,000 after a charge of violent conduct against him was found proven."

Osvaldo was already a question mark for the weekend FA Cup clash with Burnley as he attempted to overcome an illness, but assistant manager Jesus Perez noted he had returned to training and was due to get evaluated before kickoff:

Obviously, that's no longer a pressing concern as the three-game suspension will go into effect immediately. In all, he will miss the Burnley match and then Premier League fixtures against West Brom and Sunderland before returning to the pitch.

The incident that led to the discipline came in the second half of the Dec. 14 match with Newcastle. Osvaldo had already been substituted out of the game but was involved in some sideline problems after a late tackle by Morgan Schneiderlin led to a scuffle involving players from both benches.

After review, the FA decided his role in the situation warranted a pretty stern punishment based on the grounds of violent conduct. His absence will hurt the club's attacking depth having scored three goals in 13 league appearances this season.

The bright side is that the ban comes ahead of a favorable stretch in the schedule for Southampton. They should be able to create chances going forward against Burnley, West Brom and Sunderland without him in the lineup.

Osvaldo will be eligible to return against Arsenal on Jan. 28.