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Botting of Nottingham Forest imposed a three-match suspension for violent action

The Cameroon international was involved in a violent incident during Saturday’s league opener at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Nottingham Forest defender Gaetan Bong has been banned for the next three games after being found guilty of violent conduct in Saturday’s opening game against Coventry City.

Bong hit Callum O’Hare of Coventry City during a solid game at halftime, but the challenge was captured on camera as referee James Linington and his assistants did not see it.

After Forest’s 2-1 defeat at Coventry, the FA’s left-back was charged and accepted the penalty that went along with it.

He will therefore miss the Nottingham Forest League Cup clash against Bradford City on Wednesday, followed by their championship outings against AFC Bournemouth and Blackburn Rovers respectively on 14 and 18 August.

“Gaetan Bong is suspended for the next three games of Nottingham Forest FC following a breach of FA rule E1.1,” the statement read via Sky Sports.

‘The defender’s behavior during the 45th minute of their EFL Championship match against Coventry City FC on Sunday [08/08/21] was not yet seen by the match officials, but it was captured on camera.

“Gaetan Bong subsequently acknowledged that this behavior was violent and that he accepted the standard punishment”

Bong moved to City Ground in January 2020 with a two-and-a-half year deal after leaving Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League.

Last season, he made just 10 appearances for Chris Hughton’s team, finishing 17th on the league table.

On the international scene, the 33-year-old has not played for the Indomitable Lions since the unsuccessful campaign at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Bong’s last match was the match of Cameroon in the group stage against Ghana, which ended in a draw and he was on parade for 74 minutes.

The born Sackbayeme defender, who made his international debut against Portugal in Cameroon in June 2010, hopes to get a recall from Antonio Conceicao’s line-up ahead of the Afcon tournament in 2022 in January next year.

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