Belfast Telegraph

Sunderland's Papy Djilobodji charged with violent conduct by FA

Sunderland defender Papy Djilobodji has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association after an incident late in Saturday's 2-0 Premier League defeat at West Brom.

Djilobodji appeared to swing his arms towards Baggies midfielder Darren Fletcher at an 86th-minute free-kick - a clash missed by referee Craig Pawson but caught on video.

The Senegal international, who was sent off against Hull earlier this season, faces a potential four-match ban if found guilty of the charge.

Any retrospective punishment for Djilobodji would come at a bad time for Sunderland boss David Moyes, who saw his side sink back to the foot of the table on Saturday.

Despite a series of less than stellar performances for his side this season, the 28-year-old is one of few established defenders with the club's injury list continuing to mount.

If he is handed a four-match ban Djilobodji would be ruled out until March, potentially missing games against Tottenham, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Everton.

Djilobodji was first dismissed for a second yellow card in the last minute of Sunderland's game against Hull in November, despite the Black Cats leading 3-0 at the time.


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