Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma has been banned for six matches after allegedly
biting Sheffield Wednesday’s Josh Windass.
The Colombian footballer was accused of biting Windass in the 83rd minute of the
Cherries’ 1-0 defeat by the Owls in November, but the 26-year-old strenuously denied
The FA confirmed Lerma’s punishment for the alleged offense on Wednesday and also
confirmed he had been fined £40,000. Bournemouth said they were ‘surprised and
disappointed at the outcome.
A statement from the FA read: ‘Jefferson Lerma has been suspended for six matches
and fined £40,000 following a breach of FA Rule E3 that occurred during an EFL
Championship match against Sheffield Wednesday FC on 03/11/20.
‘The midfielder denied that his behavior in or around the 83rd minute of the match
constituted violent conduct.
‘An independent Regulatory Commission found the breach of FA Rule E3 proven after
considering evidence during a hearing.’
But Bournemouth believes there is a lack of ‘clear and compelling evidence of the alleged incident.
In a statement, the club said: ‘Since the start of this unnecessarily long process, Jefferson
has strenuously denied the charge and has been fully supported by the club in doing so.
Both the club and player have fully cooperated with the FA throughout.
‘As stated in the commission’s written reasons, the video footage of the incident between
the players was ‘not conclusive’. In addition, there was no photographic evidence of any
bite mark and Mr. Windass – who is described as an ‘unappealing witness’ who ‘gave every
impression of simply not caring’ – did not seek or receive any medical attention or
‘Expert evidence was also presented to the commission suggesting that Jefferson was
most unlikely to have intentionally bitten Mr. Windass, but this appears to have been
rejected without due consideration
The club believes there was a lack of clear and compelling evidence in finding
the charge against Jefferson proven, and the player is currently considering his options
regarding an appeal.’
Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was banned for 10 games for biting Chelsea’s
Branislav Ivanovic in 2013 while Kieran O’Hara was alleged to have bitten an opponent
while on loan at Burton Albion from Manchester United. The goalkeeper received
a six-game ban in March.