Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma hit with SIX-game ban for allegedly biting Sheffield Wednesday’s Josh Windass but Championship club insists there is a ‘lack of clear and compelling evidence’
- Jefferson Lerma has been given a six-match ban for allegedly biting an opponent
- The Bournemouth midfielder was accused of biting Josh Windass in November
- The FA confirmed Lerma has also been fined £40,000 for the alleged offence
- Bournemouth said they are disappointed while Lerma denied the allegation
Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma has been banned for six matches after allegedly biting Sheffield Wednesday’s Josh Windass.
Lerma was accused of biting Windass in the 83rd minute of the Cherries’ 1-0 defeat by the Owls in November, but the 26-year-old strenuously deniesd the allegation.
The FA confirmed Lerma’s punishment for the alleged offence on Wednesday and also confirmed he had been fined £40,000. Bournemouth said they were ‘surprised and disappointed’ at the outcome.
Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma has been banned for six matches after allegedly biting an opponent
A statement from the FA read: ‘Jefferson Lerma has been suspended for six matches and fined £40,000 following a breach of FA Rule E3 that occurred during an EFL Championship match against Sheffield Wednesday FC on 03/11/20.
‘The midfielder denied that his behaviour in or around the 83rd minute of the match constituted violent conduct.
‘An independent Regulatory Commission found the breach of FA Rule E3 proven after considering evidence during a hearing.’
Lerma is accused of biting Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Josh Windass in November 2020
But Bournemouth believe there is a lack of ‘clear and compelling’ evidence of the alleged incident.
In a statement, the club said: ‘Since the start of this unnecessarily long process, Jefferson has strenuously denied the charge and has been fully supported by the club in doing so. Both the club and player have fully cooperated with the FA throughout.
‘As stated in the commission’s written reasons, the video footage of the incident between the players was ‘not conclusive’. In addition, there was no photographic evidence of any bite mark and Mr Windass – who is described as an ‘unappealing witness’ who ‘gave every impression of simply not caring’ – did not seek or receive any medical attention or treatment.
‘Expert evidence was also presented to the commission suggesting that Jefferson was most unlikely to have intentionally bitten Mr Windass, but this appears to have been rejected without due consideration.
The Cherries believe there is a lack of evidence while Lerma strenuously denies the allegation
‘The club believes there was a lack of clear and compelling evidence in finding the charge against Jefferson proven, and the player is currently considering his options regarding an appeal.’
Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was banned for 10 games for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in 2013 while Kieran O’Hara was alleged to have bitten an opponent while on loan at Burton Albion from Manchester United.
The goalkeeper received a six-game ban in March.
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