Tottenham's Mousa Dembele banned for SIX games – including Newcastle visit

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Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele has been banned for six matches, including the club's season-ending visit to St James's Park, after accepting a Football Association charge of violent conduct.

Dembele appeared to claw his fingers down Diego Costa's cheek during Spurs' 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Monday night.

The Belgian had until 6pm yesterday to respond, but he did not contest the charge, head coach Mauricio Pochettino said on this afternoon.

And the full extent of Dembele's sanction followed from the FA.

A statement from the FA read: "Mousa Dembele will serve a six-match suspension with immediate effect after he committed an act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video."

The FA, when charging Dembele, had said it considered the incident to be serious enough that "the standard punishment of three matches would be clearly insufficient".

And now Dembele will miss Spurs' remaining matches this Premier League season – at home to Southampton on Sunday and at Newcastle a week later – and the first four fixtures of next term.