Newcastle's Aleksandar Mitrovic reveals conversation with Manuel Lanzini after elbow incident

Aleksandar Mitrovic, left, with Ayoze Perez
Aleksandar Mitrovic, left, with Ayoze Perez

Newcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrovic has told at his "frustration" after being hit with a three-game ban.

Mitrovic accepted a football charge of violent conduct after he was caught on video elbowing Manuel Lanzini in a 3-0 win over West Ham United.

The striker, however, insists that it "wasn't even a foul".

And Mitrovic says he spoke to Lanzini after the game at St James's Park.

“It is very frustrating for me, but I can’t change anything now,” said Mitrovic.

“These are the rules, but I didn’t mean to do this, the things they have accused me of. It wasn’t even a foul in the game, but I have to accept the rules and respect the decision that has been made.

“I didn’t mean it, it wasn’t even a foul, I have three or four incidents like this every match so I don’t understand it.

"If I say something more, though, they can punish me even more. I just have to take this on the chin and make sure I stay as fit as possible so that I can help the team when I return."

The incident was highlighted on Match of the Day.

Mitrovic told the Daily Telegraph: “I don’t know what they said (on Match of the Day), I have no idea, but I’ve been banned for three games and I was really surprised.

It has been really tough to get my head around it. It was an accident. I spoke to Lanzini after the game and he was fine.

“It is going to be very hard to miss these games. I had a good pre-season.

"I’ve scored two goals already, it is very hard for my head to stay focused and strong. That’s life. That’s football, I have to try and look forward.”