Charlie Austin has been suspended for QPR’s next three games after being convicted of a stamp on Nottingham Forest’s Ryan Yates last weekend.
The incident, which was not spotted at the time by match officials but filmed, occurred in the 43rd minute of QPR’s 3-1 defeat at the City Ground Championship.
And despite the attacker denying that his behavior constituted violent conduct, an independent regulatory commission found him guilty.
A statement posted via the FA spokesperson’s Twitter account read: “Charlie Austin has been suspended for the next three matches at Queens Park Rangers FC following a breach of FA rule E1.1 during a EFL Championship match against Nottingham Forest on 04/05/21.
“An independent regulatory commission concluded that the violation of FA Rule E1.1 was proven after reviewing the evidence at a subsequent hearing and imposed the appropriate sanction.”
The 31-year-old forward will now miss Saturday’s home game against Sheffield on Wednesday as well as away games at Rotherham (April 13) and Middlesbrough (April 17).
Austin has been a revelation for QPR since signing for the club on loan from West Bromwich Albion in January, scoring six goals in 17 league games.
EFL live on Sky Sports: nine more games added in April
Sky Sports has announced nine more Sky Bet Championship games to be broadcast in April, as the promotion run and relegation battle continue to take shape.
The Norwich league leaders’ fixtures against Bournemouth (April 17) and Watford (April 20) will be live on Sky Sports, while Rotherham will play three times – against Coventry (April 15), Birmingham (April 18) and Middlesbrough (April 21) – as they look to bolster their survival offer with their games in hand.