The Disciplinary Committee of the Royal Belgian Football Association (RBFA) has imposed a suspension of three match days (two of which is conditional) on Jelle Vossen on Tuesday. The striker of Zulte Waregem, who took a red card against Cercle Brugge last weekend after letting his arm swing, also has to pay a 2,000 euro fine.
Essevee had to empty the chalice to the bottom on Saturday against Cercle Brugge (2-4 defeat). In the very last minute, referee Boucaut sent top scorer Vossen (6 goals) off the field after the striker had waved his arm against Velkovsky’s face. The red card came after the intervention of the VAR.
The Bondsparket took the arm movement of Vossen seriously, because the ball was not within playing range and the swing also seemed intentional. Due to the virtually blank criminal record of the experienced striker, the federal prosecutor demanded a suspension of three instead of four match days. As a result, the duels against Union, regional rival Kortrijk and Seraing were imminent.
Zulte Waregem refused the sentencing proposal and defended Vossen before the Disciplinary Committee on Tuesday. With success, because he was given a suspended suspension for two of the three advanced days of play. Among other things, the very favorable disciplinary past – Vossen took his only red card from his long career almost ten years ago – was the deciding factor.
Vossen only has to miss the competition match in and against Union next Saturday. Essevee can still appeal, but that seems an unlikely avenue.