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Sissoko could face elbow ban, says Match of the Day’s Murphy

Moussa Sissoko and Harry Arter

The incident happened in the 79th minute of the match at the Vitality Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko could face a retrospective Football Association ban for elbowing Bournemouth’s Harry Arter, says ex-England international Danny Murphy.

Sissoko caught Arter in the second half of Saturday’s 0-0 draw, apologising to the Cherries midfielder afterwards.

“He said it was an accident. I’m happy to take that as gospel,” said Arter.

Match of the Day analyst Murphy said: “Sissoko is going to get done for that whether he meant to or not.”

He added: “I don’t know what he was thinking. It looks awful.”

Referee Craig Pawson did not punish Spurs substitute Sissoko following the incident, which sparked an angry reaction from Republic of Ireland international Arter.

The FA can use video evidence to take retrospective action for incidents that are not seen by match officials.

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was banned for three matches last month after being found of violent conduct against West Ham defender Winston Reid, after initially going unpunished.

However, Arter said in a post-match interview with BBC Sport: “I never want to see a player get into trouble if they didn’t mean to. Sissoko apologised. I’m happy to move on from it.”

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino added: “I need to see it again on the replay. Live, it doesn’t look bad but from my position it was difficult to see the reality.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37742835