Bowyer handed three-game ban
Lee Bowyer has been handed a three-match ban following his stamp on Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna.
Last Updated: 04/01/11 12:28pm
Lee Bowyer has been handed a three-match ban by the Football Association following his stamp on Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna.
The Birmingham midfielder has accepted the charge of violent conduct and will now miss Tuesday night's clash at Blackpool, the FA Cup trip to Millwall on Saturday and the first leg of Blues' Carling Cup semi-final with West Ham.
Bowyer avoided any action from referee Peter Walton for the incident during Saturday's 3-0 Premier League victory for the Gunners at St Andrews, but his actions were caught by the television cameras.
Walton then confirmed to the FA that he would have dismissed the former Leeds, West Ham and Newcastle midfielder if he had seen the challenge on Sagna, with a suspension now issued to the midfielder.
Birmingham boss Alex McLeish told his club's official website: "We accept the decision and will now have to move forward into the next three games without the services of Bowyer.
"We have got a good discipline record at this club and stress to the players every week how important discipline is."
Bowyer, 34, will be back in action for the derby clash with Aston Villa at St Andrews on 16th January.