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Swindon midfielder banned for five games by FA after violent conduct charge

Swindon Town midfielder Saidou Khan has been banned for five games by the FA after a violent conduct charge, as footage emerges.

After cameras captured an incident that officials missed, his red card was retrospectively awarded and the 27 years old admitted to a charge with his suspension to begin this weekend.

Khan’s third season-ending dismissal has resulted in a five-game ban. Referee Will Finnie spoke with players after the incident which took place near the centre circle, but did not take any action.

The FA then charged the Gambian for violent conduct with the club agreeing to this charge

Swindon has now had nine dismissals, which it their highest number in 20 seasons, as the club now get set to face Harrogate Town on Saturday.

The Robins sit 11th in the League Two table with 45 points taken from 31 games played so far. They are also four points from the playoff places.


Swindon Town midfielder Saidou Khan has been suspended for five matches by the Football Association.

The ban is the result of an incident in the 87th minute of our EFL Sky Bet League Two match at Salford City on Saturday 18 February.

The 27-year-old was involved in an altercation with an opposition player that wasn’t seen by the match officials but caught on camera.

Both Saidou and the football club have accepted a charge of violent conduct, which means he’ll now serve a five match ban, which is increased from three due to this effectively being his third red card of the season.

The midfielders suspension will begin with immediate effect, meaning he’ll miss this weekend’s home clash with Harrogate Town.

Jody Morris won his first win as Swindon Town boss when the Robins overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat Salford City 2-1 in League Two.

Ryan Watson gave the Ammies a dream starting in just four minutes. He caressed a precise effort down into the corner.

The visitors, who had lost Morris’ first three games as their boss, responded positively and were rewarded shortly before the half-hour mark.

Jacob Wakeling created a moment of magic with his inventive flick that landed in the corner just beyond Alex Cairns.

Salford was unbeaten in eight home fixtures dating back to November and should have reestablished their lead before the half-time break.

Matt Smith hit the post from an offside angle and struck the crossbar with a strike that bounced off the crossbar.

After the restart, substitute Ronan Darcy cutback was taken by Elliot Watt and turned into his own goal.

Despite the best efforts of Theo Vassell and Smith, Swindon managed to secure three valuable points.

Swindon boss Jody Morris said, as per NewsChainOnline: “I’m pleased for the players and for the fans who again came out in their numbers.

“I would have liked to have given them a little bit more from a performance aspect but I’m pleased with how we took responsibility in defensive areas.

“It’s really pleasing to get the win. The players dug in and we dealt with it a lot better in both boxes.

“Their spirit was really pleasing. Everyone was digging in deep and even the subs were shouting on from the bench to help their team-mates.

“The group looked together and you can see that at the end of a win where you’ve had to dig deep at a tough place to come.

“There’s still so many things to work on where we need to improve, but we’ve not had any luck in the first three games, so we’ll take a bit of good fortune.”

Salford boss Neil Wood said: “It’s really frustrating, we were the better team and to face one shot on target and come away with a defeat is deflating.

“This is an ambitious group, so naturally they’re down and we’ll have to get the spirits back up now.

“We’re getting punished for the one mistake we make. It feels like we’ve not quite got that cutting edge when they do it, so it’s frustrating.

“It’s going to be a roller coaster all season; it’s difficult to get consistency and I don’t think any team has.

“We’ve just got to put mini-runs together now; we don’t get too high or too low after a result.

“I’m learning all the time and it’s been important for me to adapt. We’ve been through a sticky patch and there’s been lessons all the way.

“I’ve been enjoying every minute of it so far, it’s just frustrating on days like today where you feel like you should get more out of the game.”

This is how fans reacted with Swindon midfielder Saidou Khan banned for five games by FA after violent conduct charge

@tylerontherun: thats one way to impress Morris

@cyphnar: There are only 15 games left this season 🤦🏻 hope Doughty doesn’t mind putting his boots back on! #STFC

@tom_exploring: Deserved 🤷‍♂ Guy needs to chill out 😂

@carl_boobier: Surprised to see the FA come for Swindon again mind 🙄 season after season 🖕🏻

@lennonskinner1: Games gone soft 😭💀

@rachw101: Lovely stuff 🤦‍♀️

@wayneellis1974: He’ll be a big miss, but got to learn and quickly

@sharpbe01: FA should be ashamed of themselves. Why isn’t Matty Lund being looked at then

@BocerDan: Transfer list please, liability 🤬

@Alex_runs_UK: For those that think we’re hard done by, effectively a third red card so the 5 games is an accumulated penalty for such poor discipline not just the one incident in isolation.

@GL6_RED: Liability, get rid

@DanAdams09: 5 match ban is harsh and a massive loss for us for the next 5 games, Sadiou wears his heart on his sleeve. A gentleman off the pitch but he is a different animal when he crosses that white line. ❤️🤍

@kieransprules_: the FA are an absolute disgrace

@lucaspearcey06: The FA clearly hates Swindon 🤣

@ChisieWeirdo: Sorry people but this was inevitable after his 2 previous sendings off already this season. Nowt to do with the FA hating Swindon. Got to remember this is his 1st year of pro football. And before that he’s only had 1 season in the top tier of non-league even. So v inexperienced

@DhaswellphotoUK: Hardly a red let alone a game ban 🤦🏻‍♂️

@dylanctomes: That’ll be 8 games minimum missed through suspension now for Khan this season. Good player but got the temperament of a 5 year old 🤦🏻‍♂️

@albie_f5: Missed him in the 3 games he was recently suspended in, now he’s out for 5 🤦‍♂️ great player but needs to get this out his game

@stfcjosh: His discipline is a serious issue, 7 yellows, 2 red cards and now another ban, superb footballer but certainly isn’t impressing Morris at this rate

@jordaanosborne: LOL. Why isn’t the Salford player getting investigated then 😭😂😂😂😂😂

@vinny5_J: The decision was bullshit… But let’s face facts, don’t touch your opponent, don’t give the ref (FA) a decision to make… Let his teammates and fans down. #STFC

@LegallySwin: That hurts. When was the last time we had a player banned that long? #stfc #coyr

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