Paul Pogba is set to serve a three match ban after his red card in the incident against Arsenal on Saturday. However, the FA may issue an extension if Pogba is deemed guilty of ironically applauding Referee Andre Marriner.
The FA will wait until Andre’s notes have been submitted before they make their decision on Pogba’s ban extension. The resultant decision is believed to be finalised on Monday evening. As it stands Paul will miss home matches against Man City, Bournemouth and the away match against West Brom.
If Paul Pogba’s ban is extended by the FA, Man Utd will appeal. Paul Pogba was applauding when leaving the pitch. Man Utd’s defence will be based either on Paul applauding the away fans support during the match; or applauding his French teammate, Laurent Koscielny’s effort to ensure Pogba was sent off (something Pogba was extremely frustrated by).
If the ban is extended, it will likely be for an additional one or two matches: Meaning Paul will also miss matches against Bristol City in the EFL Cup Quarter Final and an away match against Leicester. Pogba will be available for the final group stage match on Tuesday against CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford, as domestic bans do not affect European matches.
Needless to say, we hope the FA do not extend Pogba’s ban as it’s bad enough he’s banned for three matches due to an unfortunate tackle on Bellerin. Pogba may not play a domestic match until after Christmas. We’ll find out his fate tomorrow.