Karl Robinson wants Yaya Sanogo banned for rest of season after red card

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Yaya Sanogo should be banned for the rest of the season after elbowing MK Dons defender Antony Kay, according to Karl Robinson.

The Dons’ boss was incensed with the Charlton Athletic striker, who is on loan at the Valley from Arsenal until the end of the season, and vented his anger after Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw.

Robinson called Sanogo’s elbow “disgusting” and hopes the 23-year-old is handed a lengthy ban. (Scroll down this page to watch Sanogo’s moment of madness).


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“It was disgusting. He should be banned for the rest of the season,” Robinson was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

“He’s clearly, off the ball, had a go and then a second one. Rob Hall too was clotheslined on the far side of the pitch. Some of the tackles were borderline assault. I was expecting to see the police in the tunnel at full-time.

“I know it’s about the fight and competing for survival in one of the most difficult leagues in Europe, but there has to be an element of control.

“It’s not acceptable. He could have broken his jaw. Their manager [José Riga] didn’t shake my hand until we were in the tunnel either, so it ended on a bitter note for me. But we were the better team.”

Video: Yaya Sanogo's red card

Sanogo backed into Kay and gave a little dig with his elbow before foolishly connecting with the defender’s face with the same body part a moment later.

The former France Under-21 international could have few complaints when the referee brandished a straight red card.

Riga: Sanogo apologised

Riga insisted he had not seen the incident but revealed that Sanogo issued an apology after the match.

"It's not what we were looking for and it's disappointing,” the Belgian coach was quoted as saying by Sky Sports after the match. “[I’ve] not yet [seen the Sanogo incident], but he did something silly - apologised - so I suppose he did something.”

Charlton look doomed

Sanogo, a much-maligned figure at Arsenal, recently showed his quality by scoring a hat-trick in the 4-3 defeat to Reading last month.

But he has let his current side down at the worst possible time.

Charlton currently sit 23rd in the Championship table - seven points from safety - with just 10 matches left to play.

Relegation to League One looks the most likely outcome for the Addicks and there’s a chance Sanogo will be forced to serve a longer ban than three matches.

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