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Ashley Barnes banned for three additional games following Bolton referee incident

We've been keeping an eye on the Ashley Barnes situation because it happened against Bolton Wanderers. In the final minute of the Seagulls' clash with the Trotters last weekend, Ashley Barnes was shown red by the match referee. After confusion, statements following the game made it clear that Barnes had allegedly attempted to trip the referee. Video of the incident then emerged and the Football Association stepped in.

Barnes was set to spend four match on the sidelines after receiving his second straight red of the season but that was before the FA brought charges against him. The big question was just how long the additional ban would be for. Barnes and Brighton & Hove Albion had just a day to respond to the charges.

Via a release on the FA's official website, this is the outcome:

It was alleged that Barnes's behaviour in relation to the match official, for which the player was dismissed for violent conduct towards the end of the game, constituted an offence whereby the standard punishment that would otherwise apply was clearly insufficient.

Barnes denied the charge and a Regulatory Commission heard the case on Friday morning and found the charge proven.

Barnes is currently serving a four-match suspension following the red card, which includes an additional match for this being his second dismissal of the season.

With the three additional games, he will now miss a total of seven matches.

Barnes will be forced to sit out seven of Brighton's remaining nine games. Between that and the injury to Craig Mackail-Smith, the Seagulls will have only one recognized striker in their ranks for some time.