Cardiff's Craig Bellamy suspended for three games
Cardiff forward Craig Bellamy has been suspended for three games after accepting a Football Association violent conduct charge, the FA has announced.
Bellamy was charged after striking Swansea midfielder Jonathan de Guzman with his arm in Saturday's south Wales derby and began a three-match ban as Kevin Theophile-Catherine, Jordon Mutch, Craig Noone and Fraizer Campbell all started for the Bluebirds.
Bellamy will also miss Saturday's FA Cup match against Wigan and the home league meeting with Hull.
Cardiff declared their disappointment following the use of video footage to charge Bellamy but said in a statement: ''Following internal discussions at the club, Craig has chosen to accept the charge and the three-match ban without appeal.''
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert restored defender Ron Vlaar to his starting line-up after a hamstring problem and Ryan Bertrand had overcome a rib injury to play, while Marc Albrighton and Joe Bennett also featured.