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Ipswich Town captain Sam Morsy banned for four matches after incident involving Accrington Stanley midfielder Ethan Hamilton



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Ipswich Town will have to make do without the services of captain Sam Morsy for the next four matches.

The midfielder has been handed the suspension after being charged with a breach of FA Rule E1.1 following Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Accrington Stanley.

It was in the 27th minute at Portman Road that Accrington's Ethan Hamilton went down clutching his face following an off-the-ball incident involving Morsy.

Sam Morsy will be sidelined until February 12 through suspension. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Sam Morsy will be sidelined until February 12 through suspension. Picture: Barry Goodwin

It was missed at the time by the match officials, but after studying video footage, the game's governing body has decided to act.

The FA's statement – released yesterday – read: "Ipswich Town FC’s Sam Morsy has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E1.1 following their EFL League One match against Accrington Stanley FC on Saturday [22/01/22].

"The midfielder’s behaviour during the 27th minute was not seen by the match officials, but it was caught on camera, and allegedly constitutes violent conduct."

As a result Morsy will sit out tonight's trip to AFC Wimbledon (7.45pm), followed by Sheffield Wednesday (A), Gillingham (H) and Doncaster Rovers (A). He will be available for selection again on February 12 when Ipswich travel to MK Dons.

Ipswich's CEO Mark Ashton said: "We are extremely disappointed with today’s decision from the regulatory commission, to which we cannot appeal.

"Losing our captain is obviously a massive blow, but myself, Kieran McKenna and the coaching staff have full belief in the rest of the squad during the period that Sam will now be unavailable to help deliver the results that we want."