Pogba could face longer ban over red card applause

source: football365

Paul Pogba could face an extended ban in the wake of his red card against Arsenal on Saturday.

The Manchester United midfielder was dismissed in the second half for his challenge on Hector Bellerin with United already 3-1 up.

The Red Devils held out with 10 men but Jose Mourinho is facing the prospect of taking on Manchester City, West Brom and Bournemouth with his key man.

Pogba may even face a longer ban if the FA decide that the midfielder was sarcastically applauding referee Andre Marriner after he was shown the red card.

It is thought, however, that the fact Pogba is walking away from the official at the time could offer him mitigation.

United could also suggest in Pogba’s defence that he was reacting to Arsenal players’ roles in his dismissal.

Pogba did not comment upon leaving the Emirates on Saturday night but he was caught in conversation with Jose Mourinho and Thierry Henry discussing the strange nature of Bellerin’s challenge. Mourinho has also suggested that Pogba was unhappy with France team-mate Laurent Koscielny’s attempt to sway the ref into deciding that the challenge was worthy of a red card.

United have not suggested that they will appeal the decision, but Mourinho may offer some clarity on the issue when he faces the media during his pre-Champions League press conference at 2pm this afternoon.

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