EINTRACHT FRANKFURT captain David Abraham has been slapped with a SEVEN-week ban and £21,000 fine for decking an opposition manager.
The 33-year-old was sent off for sparking a mass brawl after a WWE-style barge on Freiburg manager Christian Streich during his sides 1-0 defeat on Sunday.
In the dying embers of the game, Abraham was trying to retrieve a loose ball near the dugouts with his side a goal down when he inexplicably shoved the 54-year-old coach to the ground.
The charge saw the game then descend into chaos, as dozens of players and staff from both sets of teams collided in ugly scenes, before a VAR check led to the defender seeing red.
It has now been determined that Abraham will not play in the Bundesliga again this year after being found guilty by the German Football Association (DFB) for his “assault against the enemy”.
Frankfurt have already announced an intention to appeal against the Argentine’s suspension.
The ban, which will last from 10th November to 29th December, doesn’t apply to the Europa League.
This means that Abraham is still available to face Arsenal at the Emirates at the end of the month, with the Gunners still needing a point to ensure qualification to the knock-out stages.
Freiburg’s Vincenzo Grifo, who had also been red-carded after VAR footage revealed him targeting the centre-back in the fracas, has been given a three-game ban.
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Coach Streich had revealed after the game that Abraham had said sorry to him for knocking him over and considered the issue to be over.
He said: “Abraham is obviously an extremely emotional player, a young buffalo.
“He blew a fuse. But let’s calm down. Football is a fighting sport. It was a hot game and now we calm down and don’t need to make a big thing out of it.”
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