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Jedinak handed four-match ban

Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak will serve a four-match suspension after admitting a charge of violent conduct, the Football Association has announced.

Jedinak was retrospectively punished by the FA after he elbowed West Ham striker Diafra Sakho in the face towards the end of Palace's 3-1 win at Upton Park on Saturday.

The punishment for violent conduct is a three-match ban but Jedinak's red card against Sunderland in November means his suspension has been lengthened to four.

The Palace captain will now sit out Tuesday's visit to Southampton as well as league games against QPR, Stoke and Manchester City.

An FA statement read: "Mile Jedinak will serve a four match suspension with immediate effect after he admitted an FA charge of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

"The incident involving the Crystal Palace midfielder and West Ham United's Diafra Sakho took place in the 87th minute of their fixture on Saturday [28 February 2015].

"The player's suspension consists of three matches for violent conduct with an additional one match as he has previously been dismissed this season."

The incident with Sakho was not seen by referee Mike Dean but it was caught on video, allowing the FA to take retrospective action.

A panel of three former elite referees reviewed the footage and unanimously agreed Jedinak should have been sent off.

The Australian was making his first start for Palace since December 28, having returned from the Asia Cup in February with an ankle injury.

Speaking before the FA ruling, Palace boss Alan Pardew said he would be ''surprised'' if any further action was taken against the midfielder and told the FA not to be swayed by television pundits.

''We're damned by TV at times. It is what it is,'' Pardew said.

''That's the point I'm trying to make, like our televised game against West Ham.

''The punditry seems to be having a greater and greater effect on the decision process at the FA.

''That's a little bit worrying. I hope you're governed by the FA, not by what people are saying on the TV.''

Palace are currently 12th in the Barclays Premier League table, eight points clear of the relegation zone.

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