23 June 2014 | News Comments

Song banned for three games

Cameroon midfielder Alex Song has been handed a three-match ban following his sending off in last week's World Cup clash against Croatia.

The Barcelona player was shown a straight red card in the 4-0 Group A loss for striking Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic in the back with his elbow in an off-the-ball incident.

FIFA has now issued the 26-year-old with a three-match suspension for breaching 48 par. 1 d of its Disciplinary Code, which relates to "assaulting (elbowing, punching, kicking etc.) an opponent or a person other than a match official", as well as a £13,000 fine.

Song, who issued a statement apologising for his conduct after the match, will now sit out Cameroon's final group match against Brazil later on Monday and, as the Indomitable Lions have no chance of progressing, he will also miss his country's next two official matches after the tournament.