West Brom defender Dara O'Shea receives three-match ban despite already being injured
West Brom defender Dara O’Shea has been handed a three-match suspension, the FA have announced.
The ban relates to an incident in the aftermath of the Baggies’ 1-0 win away at Peterborough at the end of August, when Semi Ajayi scored a stoppage-time winner.
However, O’Shea is already out injured with a fractured ankle and is not expected to return until the new year, deeming the suspension essentially pointless.
An FA statement read: “The defender denied that his behaviour during the 95th minute of that game [versus Peterborough] amounts to improper or violent conduct.
“An independent Regulatory Commission was subsequently convened to consider the evidence during a hearing and imposed the sanction after finding the charge to be proven.”
While the FA will have investigated the incident and handed O’Shea a ban on a matter of principle, it is rather bemusing that it will have no effect whatsoever.
The Republic of Ireland defender had made a strong start to the campaign before suffering a fractured ankle while on international duty in September.
He starred in West Brom’s first five games of the season, helping them record 13 points from a possible 15, and scored twice.
In his absence, the Baggies have fallen six points behind the automatic promotion spots and have struggled with other defensive injuries.
Brighton and Hove Albion loanee Matt Clarke has been in and out of the side, while Kean Bryan, who was signed as cover following O’Shea’s injury has since damaged his ACL.
Supporters will certainly be counting down the days until O’Shea returns.
In other West Brom news, Steve Madeley has named two players who are likely to leave the club in the near future.