October 18, 2016 / 6:16 PM / a year ago

Villa's Grealish banned after video conviction

REUTERS - Aston Villa midfielder has been banned for three games after admitting violent conduct during his team’s second-tier match against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

The 21-year-old was caught on camera appearing to stamp on Wolves’ Conor Coady -- an incident not spotted by match referee David Coote -- and received an automatic three-match ban.

The FA said in a statement: “The player accepted the FA charge but contested that the automatic penalty of a three-match suspension would be clearly excessive.”

But after members of an independent regulatory commission viewed the incident on video, the FA upheld the punishment.

The England Under-21 international will miss his struggling side’s matches against Reading on Tuesday, Fulham on Saturday and local rivals Birmingham City on Oct. 30.

Reporting by Neville Dalton, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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