Preston North End defender Bambo Diaby has taken to Twitter to state that he still doesn’t understand why he has been banned by The FA.
Diaby came on at half time against Swansea City last week and turned in another strong display at the back.
Ryan Lowe was likely counting on Diaby to come in and start against Blackburn Rovers at the weekend before being hit with a late blow.
The FA decided to hit Diaby with a four-game ban for violent conduct just a day before the Rovers clash.
Diaby was the one picked out for a ban after PNE and Swansea players – and even staff – were involved in a huge brawl late in North End’s 4-2 defeat.
Nobody has really been able to pinpoint the moment that landed Diaby in hot water, leading to some real confusion over just what The FA have seen.
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Diaby now won’t play again this season and is even set to miss the first game of next season due to this suspension.
The defender has now spoken up and admitted his own confusion over the whole situation.
Diaby took to Twitter this afternoon to share a statement in light of his ban and, ultimately, the early end to his season.
Diaby noted that he didn’t want to speak about the situation when the news first broke, as he didn’t want his teammates to lose focus from Saturday’s local derby with Blackburn.
The former Barnsley man has though admitted that he still can’t understand the decision even if he must now accept it.
Diaby vowed to keep cheering on PNE from the stands and will train as hard as ever even if he can’t be selected until next season.
“The only reason I haven’t spoken until today is because on Friday, when the FA’s decision was made public, I decided to put it out of my mind for a moment to focus on joining forces with my teammates ahead of the game we had on Saturday. I didn’t want them or myself to lose focus for a minute on the most important thing: the team and the next challenge ahead of us.”
“Days have passed and, obviously, I still don’t understand the decision. I accept it with respect for the benefit of the club and because of my professionalism requires me to do so, but I feel a great sense of disbelief and frustration.”
“However, as I said, right now the only thing that matters is the competition and what Preston are playing for. There are two final left and we are not going to stop dreaming, including me off the pitch. I will keep training just as hard and I will fight every minute from the stands as you have been doing all season.”
“I was going to tell you that I was sad I couldn’t help the team, but I’m going to help anyway I can,” read Diaby’s statement.