Newcastle forward Aleksandar Mitrovic says that he was surprised by his violent conduct ban.

The controversial striker has been given a three-match ban by The FA after he was adjudged to have elbowed West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini in the throat during their 3-0 win over The Hammers.

Mitrovic scored his only goal of the season so far in the win, but his performance was marred by the incident that has led to his suspension.

The Serbian international claims that he did not mean to commit the offence and was surprised when he learned that he had been hit with a ban.

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Speaking to The Telegraph, Mitrovic said this:

I didn’t mean it, it wasn’t even a foul, I have three or four incidents like this every match so I don’t understand it. If I say something more, though, they can punish me even more. I just have to take this on the chin and make sure I stay as fit as possible so that I can help the team when I return.

I don’t know what they said [on Match of the Day], I have no idea, but I’ve been banned for three games and I was really surprised.

Despite pleading his innocence, he still accepted the charge and will now see out his three match ban in the Premier League for Newcastle.

Mitrovic has found chances hard to come by under Rafa Benitez, with stunts such as this not helping his cause.

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