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Fulham boss accepts Riether ban

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Fulham boss Martin Jol insists the club have 'moved on" after Sascha Riether received a three-match ban for stamping on Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj. 

Initially, the London club had requested clarification from the Football Association on the decision, as Riether was charged with violent conduct. 

However the Dutchman has now accepted the punishment, which means the right-back will miss this weekend's Premier League clash with Liverpool. 

Jol told the Independent: "If he did do it deliberately it is fair enough to get three games. The referee didn't see it.

"I didn't see it, but they decided to give him that punishment and people around me said it was probably something deliberate.

"He said it was not deliberate but he apologised to the club, to the fans and to us. It is not what you need, but we move on."

The former Spurs boss revealed he would be speaking with the defender regarding the incident, adding: "They are all responsible for their own actions. Sascha Riether is responsible and we are responsible. You don't want that sort of thing."

Jol heads into the Liverpool tie under severe pressure following a string of bad results this season.

The fans vented their frustration last time out at Craven Cottage, booing the side's lacklustre performance. 

Fulham are currently 16th in the division, just two points off the dreaded relegation zone. 

Saturday will see Jol take on his former captain of Ajax, Luis Suarez. 

Jol continued: "Suarez is one of the best in the world and he will prove that. He will score a lot of goals.

"He would have been top scorer last year if he had not been suspended" 

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