Derby Country midfielder Bradley Johnson has been given a four-match ban by the Football Association for allegedly biting Stoke City's Joe Allen. The incident that has taken place in Stoke's 2-1 victory on Wednesday was not noticed by match officials in the field but caught on camera.
After reviewing the TV evidence, the 31-year-old English professional was seen scuffling with Allen in a melee after Stoke's Oghenekaro Etebo was sent off. When the teammates pulled them apart, Johnson appeared to dig his teeth into Allen’s shoulder, tugging out the latter’s jersey with his mouth.
“Bradley Johnson has been suspended for four games after he was found to have committed an act of violent conduct for which the standard punishment would be clearly insufficient,” the FA said in a statement.
Both players were booked for their involvement during an English Football League Championship match on Wednesday. However, Allen said he was not bitten by Johnson when they clashed. "It might look a certain way but he hasn't bit me," he said.
Meanwhile, Derby manager and former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard said they will conduct an "internal disciplinary hearing".
“Derby County does not expect, nor condone, any of its players to behave in the manner witnessed in the incident on Wednesday evening,” the club said in a statement.
Johnson will miss the Rams’ next five games against Wigan, Nottingham Forest, Bristol City, and Sheffield United, for he was already suspended for Saturday’s game against Swansea after he picked up his five bookings of the season.