West Bromwich Albion fans have already had the frustrations of losing 1-0 at home to Stoke City this week, but now things get worse as Matheus Pereira is set to banned for three matches after a supposed elbow on Potters’ midfielder Joe Allen.
Matheus Pereira has been charged by the FA for violent conduct for his alleged elbow against Stoke's Joe Allen. Albion have until 6pm to respond. The player could be set for a three game ban. FA Cup games count. #wba
— Joseph Masi (@JosephMasi_Star) January 22, 2020
The Brazilian couldn’t help to turn the game in the favour of the Baggies, and his frustrations clearly got the better of him as he left an elbow on Allen during the defeat, something that he wasn’t booked for and has now been punished retrospectively.
Slaven Bilic’s side had until 6pm today to respond, and time will tell if they elect to do so. Yet with one of the three games he’d miss coming in the FA Cup, the Baggies could opt against appealing and instead of having their Brazilian star missing three league games he can miss just two and the trip to West Ham in the cup.
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You can read the Baggies’ thoughts on the Pereira ban here:
Lucky that the FA cup counts. Means only two league games. Not the end of the world. Needed a change of formation to fix things anyway. Pereira wasn’t able to do much the last few games so can’t rely on him
— G-WBA (@LocalBaggiesFan) January 22, 2020
Ah bollocks. He’s out for 3 games no doubt, it was silly thing to do. Time for others to step up but also an opportunity for Slav to try a different formation and make Albion less predictable than we have been lately.
— Dan Nash (@DanNash86) January 22, 2020
Good, totally deserved, petulant thing to do. No doubt he deserves more protection but if the shoe was on the other foot we’d be screaming for a ban. Time for others to step up
— Paul Chappell (@WanchopePaulo) January 22, 2020
As soon as Sky sports mentioned it i knew there would be retrospective action as he wasnt booked
— Carl Wilson (@c_wilsonwba88) January 22, 2020
Very silly reaction and a justified sanction. Accept it and use the FA Cup game. We’ve seen a few glimpses of his ‘badboy’ ways this season, hopefully he gets it under control
— Ollie Way (@ollieway22) January 22, 2020
Sky Sports are a bunch of grasses. Second time they’ve done us over.
— Safiya Outlines (@SafiyaOutlines) January 22, 2020
The fans clearly aren’t happy about the Pereira suspension, but time will tell what action they take.