Aston Villa's Leandro Bacuna
# paying the price
6 game ban for Aston Villa player after barging into assistant referee in Derby County match
Villa boss Steve Bruce says they may decide to appeal.

ASTON VILLA MIDFIELDER Leandro Bacuna will serve a six-match ban after barging into an assistant referee, the Football Association has confirmed.

The 25-year-old was sent off in second-half stoppage time of the 1-0 Championship win over Derby County last week after shoving into Mark Russell following his decision to award the Rams a throw-in.

Manager Steve Bruce confirmed that Villa had slapped Bacuna with a substantial fine but suggested they could appeal against the length of the ban, given that Blackburn Rovers’ Hope Akpan was given a four-match suspension for a similar offence.

“He has overstepped the mark, we fined him the maximum we can,” Bruce told a news conference today.

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“I think the FA punishment is a bit harsh, but when I consider the boy at Blackburn pushing a referee and only getting a one game ban, I see that as harsh.

“I will meet with [CEO] Keith Wyness and [technical director] Steve Round to discuss whether we appeal.”

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