Ashley Barnes: FA extends striker's ban to seven games

Ashley Barnes

Brighton's Ashley Barnes will be banned for seven games after the Football Association gave him an additional three-match suspension for his sending off in Saturday's defeat at Bolton.

Barnes was sent off for violent conduct after he appeared to trip the referee.

The 23-year-old forward was found guilty of behaviour which "constituted an offence whereby the standard punishment...was clearly insufficient".

He was serving a four-game ban before the FA's additional punishment.

Barnes denied the FA charge, but a regulatory commission heard the case on Friday morning and found him guilty.

His original four-match ban had included an extra game for his second dismissal of the season.

The former Plymouth player missed the 2-1 defeat at Barnsley on Tuesday and will now only be available for Brighton's last three games of the Championship season.

Following injuries to Craig Mackail-Smith and Will Hoskins, Leonardo Ulloa is now Brighton's only recognised first-team striker.