Tuesday 25 October 2016

McClean gets big ban

West Brom's Irish star out for three games

West Brom's James McClean (Getty)
West Brom's James McClean (Getty)

West Bromwich Albion forwards James McClean and Salomon Rondon have been suspended for three matches by the English FA.

The pair were sent off during Saturday's 2-1 home defeat by Bournemouth in the Premier League, Irish international McClean for serious foul play and Venezuelan Rondon for violent conduct.

After the game, manager Tony Pulis called the behaviour of both players "stupid" and said they would be fined.

McClean and Rondon will miss Saturday's match at Swansea City, the home game with Newcastle United on Monday and a visit from Stoke City on January 2.

Albion are 13th in the table with 20 points from 17 matches.

Bournemouth's Adam Smith has hit out at McClean after claiming the West Brom man could have broken his leg.

The pair had clashed just 10 seconds earlier with McClean angry he did not get a first-half free-kick following a 50-50 challenge between them, and Smith said: "He could have broken my leg."

Smith, who scored Bournemouth's first goal, told reporters after the game: "Personally I thought it was a very dangerous challenge.

"I could see out of the corner of my eye that he was sprinting towards me so I knocked the ball and as I knocked the ball I jumped because I knew he was going to come for me.


"It was lucky I did because if my leg was standing I could have been hurt. I don't know but he could have done a lot of damage.

"It was right in my shin and it was hard as well but luckily I jumped out of the way.

"I don't really know what happened before. Maybe he thought I fouled him, I don't really know. It was a 50-50 and maybe I caught him, I don't know."

After the game, Baggies boss Tony Pulis confirming they will be disciplined.

He added: "They will both get fined."

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