Aleksandar Mitrovic Apologizes to Referee Kavanagh
Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic and manager Marco Silva have both apologized for their behavior during their team's FA Cup defeat against Manchester United. Mitrovic was shown a straight red card for handling referee Chris Kavanagh. Meanwhile, Silva was dismissed for multiple misdemeanors, including improper conduct and abusing match officials.
Mitrovic said that he regretted his actions and he had let his frustration get the better of him. He acknowledged that he should not have put his hands on the referee and since apologized to Kavanagh.
What's The Full Story
In the aftermath of their quarter-final defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup, Fulham received a charge against striker Aleksandar Mitrovic and manager Marco Silva.
Fulham lost the game 3-1, and in a matter of minutes, Willian was sent off for a handball, Aleksandar Mitrovic was shown a red card for barging referee Kavanagh, and manager Silva was dismissed for comments he made to the match official and leaving his technical area.
Silva suggested that Kavanagh has made incorrect calls when officiating Fulham matches, implying that the referee is biased against the club.
The Football Association issued a statement, saying that Silva’s comments constitute improper conduct, implying bias, questioning the integrity of the match official, and bringing the game into disrepute.
The Punishment and Response
The standard punishment for a straight red card is a three-game ban, but the Football Association has said that this is not enough in Mitrovic's case. Despite this, Mitrovic has accepted the ban, spoken to Kavanagh to apologize, and offered to pay a club fine.
Silva has also been charged with improper conduct, improper behavior, and abusing match officials. He has said that emotions were high at Old Trafford and that he should have controlled his emotions better.
Silva recognized that Kavanagh is one of the top referees in the country and expressed his respect for him and the job he has to do. Silva also regrets what happened and wished he had been on the pitch to lead the team to a historic FA Cup Semi-Final at Wembley.
What's Next for Mitrovic and Silva
Mitrovic and Silva have reflected on their actions, and are eager to put the incident behind them. Mitrovic has promised to do what he can to help his team on the pitch as soon as possible, while Silva has expressed his gratitude for the support he has received from Fulham fans.
Mitrovic has already said sorry to his teammates and Fulham fans. He hopes to put the incident behind him and get back to helping his teammates on the pitch as soon as possible. Fulham's fans were particularly supportive during the match, and Mitrovic wants to repay their faith in him.
The Impact on Fulham
This incident is not the first charge that the football club has faced, just the latest one. Following the delivery of the punishment, Fulham submitted an official response and is understood to have accepted the charge against their manager.
In addition to the charges against the duo, the club itself was charged by the FA for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.
Charges against Mitrovic and Silva require a hearing in front of a Regulatory Commission. Fulham has requested an in-person or digital personal hearing, instead of one using formal documentation.
The Fulham team will now have to regroup and focus on their upcoming fixtures.