According to The Times, Preston North End defender Darnell Fisher will now be banned for three games and will be charged with violent conduct by The FA.
Preston beat Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon, beating the Owls 1-0 thanks to Tom Barkhuizen’s fine second half volley.
Yet whilst a first home league win of the season was a huge boost, it soon became clear that defender Fisher would be in trouble.
Footage emerged of Fisher grabbing the genitals of Wednesday forward Callum Paterson, and he will now pick up a suspension.
The incident will be considered ‘violent conduct’ by The FA, and will now miss three games – basically, as if he had been sent off.
Paterson himself was spoken to according to this report, and allegedly didn’t really care and wanted no further action taken against Fisher.
That at least means there will be no police action involved, and Preston have avoided losing Fisher long-term due to the rarity of the incident.
We’ve noted a few times that there was a similar situation in rugby union earlier this year, with Joe Marler banned for 10 weeks – so at least Fisher is only missing three games.
Still, this hopefully means Fisher won’t do the same again, and he will miss Blackburn Rovers, Watford and Bournemouth.