Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma was given a SIX-game ban for allegedly biting Sheffield Wednesday’s Josh Windass, but Championship club insist there is a ‘lack of clear and convincing evidence’
- Jefferson Lerma gets six-game ban for allegedly biting an opponent
- Bournemouth midfielder was accused of biting Josh Windass in November
- The FA confirmed Lerma has also been fined £40,000 for the alleged offence
- Bournemouth said he was disappointed, while Lerma denied the accusation
Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma has been banned for six games after allegedly biting Sheffield Wednesday’s Josh Windass.
Lerma was accused of biting Windass in the 83rd minute of the Cherries’ 1-0 defeat to the Owls in November, but the 26-year-old vehemently denied the allegation.
The FA on Wednesday confirmed Lerma’s sentence for the alleged offense and also confirmed he had been fined £40,000. Bournemouth said they were “surprised and disappointed” with the outcome.
Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma has been banned for six games after allegedly biting an opponent
A statement from the FA read: ‘Jefferson Lerma has been banned for six games and fined £40,000 after an FA rule E3 violation that occurred during an EFL Championship game against Sheffield Wednesday FC on 03/11/20.
The midfielder denied that his behavior in or around the 83rd minute of the game was violent.
“An independent regulatory commission has proven the violation of FA Rule E3 after examining evidence at a hearing.”
Lerma is accused of biting Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Josh Windass in November 2020
But Bournemouth believes there is a lack of ‘clear and convincing’ evidence of the alleged incident.
In a statement, the club said: “Since the beginning of this unnecessarily long process, Jefferson has vehemently denied the charges and is fully supported by the club in doing so. Both the club and the player have been fully cooperating with the FA throughout.
‘As stated in the written motivation of the committee, the video images of the incident between the players were ‘inconclusive’. In addition, there was no photographic evidence of a bite wound and Mr Windass – who is described as an “unappealing witness” who “gave every impression he just didn’t care” – sought or received no medical attention or treatment.
Expert evidence has also been presented to the committee that it is highly unlikely that Jefferson intentionally bit Mr Windass, but this appears to have been dismissed without due consideration.
The Cherries believe there is a lack of evidence, while Lerma strongly denies the allegation
“The club believes there was a lack of clear and convincing evidence to prove the charges against Jefferson and the player is currently considering his options to appeal.”
Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was banned for 10 games for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in 2013, while Kieran O’Hara is said to have bitten an opponent while on loan to Manchester United’s Burton Albion.
The goalkeeper was given a six-game suspension in March.