Brentford striker Neal Maupay has accepted a FA charge for violent conduct which means he will miss the next three games, Sky Sports have confirmed.
The Brentford forward is currently top of the Championship goalscoring charts, with five goals in his first four games this season. Maupay has also registered three assists in that time, highlighting he is one of the most in-form players in the division at the moment.
The violent conduct charge was due to an incident in this week’s fixture against Aston Villa at Villa Park, with Maupay scoring two goals in 2-2 draw. An innocuous challenge from Lewis Macleod on Villa’s John McGinn was followed up by a stamp by Maupay, and he has been punished with a three game ban as a result.
The Brentford star will miss important Championship games against Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest, as well as the Carabao Cup tie against Cheltenham Town. He will return at the end of September for the game against Wigan Athletic.
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce commented on the incident after the game.
“The disappointing thing for me was the boy (Maupay) stamped on John McGinn and he scored two,” he said.
“It’s disappointing when he scored twice but I am sure [the authorities] will look at it. The last thing I want to see is red cards but what you don’t want to see is the boy stamping on anyone. John has a few marks on him but he is OK.”
But Brentford manager Dean Smith had this to say, “Mile Jedinak fell over and then did a forearm smash on Maupay so, if you’re looking at retrospective punishment, there it is. I didn’t see it because I turned round to look at the fourth official to ask about the Jedinak one.”