Yaya Sanogo Sparks Fury After Red Card in Charlton vs. MK Dons Match

Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2016

Arsenal's French striker Yaya Sanogo runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group D football match between Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates Stadium in north London on November 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL        (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
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MK Dons manager Karl Robinson believes Charlton Athletic loanee Yaya Sanogo should be "banned for the rest of the season" for elbowing his player Antony Kay on Tuesday and described some of the challenges in the tempestuous game as "borderline assault."

Here is the incident:

Sanogo, who's on loan from Arsenalreceived a straight red card for violent conduct in the 96th minute. As reported by the Press Association (h/t the Daily Mail), Robinson said:

It was disgusting. He should be banned for the rest of the season.

He's clearly, off the ball, had a go and then a second one. Rob Hall too was clotheslined on the far side of the pitch. Some of the tackles were borderline assault. I was expecting to see the police in the tunnel at full-time.

I know it's about the fight and competing for survival in one of the most difficult leagues in Europe, but there has to be an element of control.

It's not acceptable. He could have broken his jaw. Their manager [Jose Riga] didn't shake my hand until we were in the tunnel either, so it ended on a bitter note for me. 

Meanwhile, Riga was asked if he had seen the incident and replied: "Not yet, but he did something silly—apologised—so I suppose he did something. We don't need this in our situation, certainly not."

London24 Sport and BBC Sport captured scenes following the striker's elbow on Kay:

The club's own Twitter feed criticised the 23-year-old for his actions:

The match finished as a goalless stalemate with the Addicks unable to make ground on the Dons, who are one point clear of the drop after Rotherham United beat Middlesbrough.

Sanogo will be banned for three matches and miss Charlton's difficult upcoming games with promotion-chasing Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham City.

His absence will undoubtedly be a blow for the Addicks, who are seven points from safety after the result.