Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Leeds accept six-game Saiz ban for spitting

Leeds accept six-game Saiz ban for spitting

Leeds United forward Samuel Saiz has been banned for six games after the FA charged him with spitting at a Newport County player.

Saiz was shown a red card in injury time of the FA Cup third round encounter at Rodney Parade, which Leeds lost 2-1 to the League Two side.

"I would also like to apologise to Newport County AFC and Robbie Willmott for my actions".

Christiansen told Leeds Live when asked what he said to his Leeds players after the defeat to Newport: "I didn't say anything". My actions are inexcusable, I give my word to all those connected to Leeds United Football Club that I will learn from this situation and never repeat it.

After McCoulsky's headed victor, Leeds's day went from bad to worse as they had Samuel Saiz sent off in stoppage time.

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UEFA's rulebook punishes spitting with a mandatory six-game ban and the FA announced Saiz's suspension on their official website on Monday morning.

If the ban stands, Leeds will be without Saiz for a chunk of key games.

The 26-year-old, cleared of wrongdoing after being accused of spitting by Port Vale manager Michael Brown in August, apologised in a statement issued by Leeds.

However, to his credit, the Spaniard has decided not to contest the charge - indeed he has admitted to what he has done and will face an internal disciplinary procedure from Leeds United themselves.

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