Emirates star to miss key games.
Arsenal midfielder Alex Song has accepted a three-match ban for stamping on Newcastle United bad boy Joey Barton.
The 23-year-old was handed the charge of violent conduct by the Football Association following the goalless draw between the sides last Saturday.
The incident was missed by referee Peter Walton during the game but the FA decided retrospective action was called for.
The Cameroon international will now miss games against Liverpool, Manchester United and Swansea City.
He will join team-mate Gervinho on the sidelines who was sent off during the same game for slapping Barton, after the Englishman grabbed him by the shirt.
“Arsenal’s Alex Song will begin a three match suspension with immediate effect after he accepted a charge of violent conduct,” read an FA statement.
“Song was charged following in incident during Arsenal’s fixture at Newcastle United on Saturday 13th August.”
Meanwhile manager Arsene Wenger will discover on Thursday if his touchline suspension will be extended by Uefa.
Wenger watched the Champions League play-off first-leg against Udinese from the stands because of the one-game ban he received for criticising of referee Massimo Busacca after the controversial defeat to Barcelona.
Article 70 of UEFA’s disciplinary regulations state any banned manager may sit in the stands, but “may not enter the dressing room, tunnel or technical area before or during the match, nor communicate with his team.”
Wenger appeared to break the rule at the Emirates last night after he was pictured communicating to assistant Pat Rice on the touchline via first-team coach Boro Primorac.