Tamas to serve three-match ban after violent conduct
West Brom defender Gabriel Tamas will serve a three-match ban after the Football Association confirmed he had accepted a charge of violent conduct.
The 27-year-old Romanian was handed the charge yesterday over a clash with Norwich striker James Vaughan during the Baggies 1-0 win at Carrow Road on Sunday.
Tamas had until 6pm today to respond to the charge, but he has chosen to accept his punishment.
A statement on the FA website read: "West Bromwich Albion's Gabriel Tamas will begin a three match suspension with immediate effect after he accepted a charge of violent conduct.
"Tamas was charged following an incident during West Bromwich Albion's fixture at Norwich City on Sunday 11 September."
Tamas had appeared to catch former Everton forward Vaughan in the face with an elbow at a corner in injury time.
Vaughan had to be treated by a plastic surgeon following the incident, which left him nursing a badly-gashed lip.
Tamas will now miss West Brom's Premier League fixtures against Swansea and Fulham, as well as the Carling Cup tie at Everton.
West Brom have said that they do not believe Tamas was guilty of violent conduct, and that the decision not to challenge the charge was taken because there was little chance of getting the ban overturned.
Richard Garlick, the club's legal director, also revealed that, after reviewing replays, referee Mark Halsey would have sent Tamas off had he seen the incident at the time.
Garlick told the club website: "We have spoken at length with Gabriel and he is adamant that he did not intentionally elbow James in the face.
"However, he admits the way he turned in the penalty area was clumsy and he has apologised to James through a mutual friend for the injury he has suffered.
"We as a club, also send our best wishes to James.
"Although we accept Gabriel's version of the incident, both the player and the club have decided against appealing the decision as it would be very difficult to overturn.
"The referee, Mark Halsey, has looked at TV replays in the cold light of day and decided that, had he seen the incident in real time, he would have sent Gabriel off.
"We have also seen several angles of the clash and although Gabriel did not deliberately elbow James, we accept it would be very hard to prove this and get the three-game ban overturned."
The Football Association also announced today that Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley has been charged with violent conduct following an incident involving Chelsea's Juan Mata during their 2-1 home defeat on Saturday.
Bardsley appeared to stamp on Mata as the clock ran down at the Stadium of Light.
Referee Lee Probert did not take any action, allowing the FA to review the incident.
"The FA has today charged Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley with violent conduct following an incident in his side's home game against Chelsea," said a statement on thefa.com.
"Bardsley was involved in an incident with Chelsea's Juan Mata during Sunderland's 2-1 defeat at the Stadium of Light on Saturday 10 September.
"Bardsley has until 6pm on Wednesday 14 September to respond to the charge."