Islam Slimani banned for Newcastle’s last three games after accepting charge

Islam Slimani will miss the final three games of his loan spell at Newcastle through suspension after accepting a charge of violent conduct, the Football Association has announced.

The 29-year-old Leicester striker was charged after kicking out at West Brom defender Craig Dawson following his introduction as a substitute during Saturday’s 1-0 Premier League defeat at St James’ Park.

While admitting the offence, which was not spotted by referee David Coote, Slimani challenged the severity of the punishment, but failed in a bid to have it reduced.

An FA statement said: “Islam Slimani will miss Newcastle United’s next three matches after he was charged with violent conduct.

“He accepted the charge, but argued the suspension was excessive. This was rejected by an Independent Regulatory Commission.

“The forward was involved in an off-the-ball incident during Saturday’s game against West Bromwich Albion.”

The ban means the Algeria international’s stay on Tyneside is effectively over after just four appearances and only one start, amounting to just 130 minutes on the pitch.

Slimani was signed on deadline day in January as manager Rafael Benitez searched desperately to add firepower to his team, to the extent that the Magpies handed a short-term deal to a player they knew was nursing a thigh injury.

He arrived with 13 games remaining, one of them against his parent club for which he was ineligible, but fitness problems and now suspension have significantly reduced his involvement.

Although a man who cost the Foxes £29million from Sporting Lisbon in August 2016 has not scored for the club, he did play key roles in winning goals against both Huddersfield and Arsenal as Newcastle secured their top-flight status with a run of four successive victories.

However, whether he has done enough to persuade the club to attempt to sign him on a permanent deal is debatable.

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