Black Cats' bans confirmed

Cattermole and Sessegnon banned

Lee Cattermole: Sunderland captain was sent off after the full-time whistle

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Sunderland have confirmed that skipper Lee Cattermole has been handed a four-match man following Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby.

The combative midfielder was booked in the first minute for a lunge on Cheick Tiote, which was his 10th yellow card of the season and meant he got an automatic two-match ban.

He then received a straight red card after the final whistle after he argued with referee Mike Dean whilst leaving the pitch.

Stephane Sessegnon, who was dismissed during the match, has been handed a three-match ban.

A Black Cats spokesman said: "Stephane Sessegnon and Lee Cattermole have been handed three and four-game bans respectively.

"Lee Cattermole will miss Sunderland's next four senior games after being sent off in yesterday's Tyne-Wear derby at the Sports Direct Arena.

"The midfielder was shown a straight red card for foul and abusive language towards a match official in the moments following the full-time whistle on Tyneside.

"The offence automatically carries a two-match ban, with another two games added after Cattermole reached 10 bookings for an early foul on Cheick Tiote.

"Meanwhile, Stephane Sessegnon will serve a three-match ban after being dismissed in the second half following a clash with Tiote."

Both men will miss the FA Cup quarter-final trip to Everton and the league games against Liverpool and Blackburn either side of it, while Cattermole will also sit out the home clash with QPR on 24th March.