Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Ramires out for the season

25 April 2014, 07:48

London - Chelsea midfielder Ramires will miss the rest of the club's English Premiership campaign after accepting a four-match ban for violent conduct on Thursday.

Ramires had until 19:00 (SA time) on Thursday to respond to a Football Association charge after he struck Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson in an off-the-ball incident during his team's shock 2-1 home defeat against the Black Cats on Saturday.

But the Brazilian has decided not to contest the charge and, having already been sent off against Aston Villa earlier this season, he received an additional one-match ban on top of the regular three-game suspension.

That rules him out of second placed Chelsea's visit to leaders Liverpool on Sunday -- a match for which Blues boss Jose Mourinho has already threatened to play a weakened team -- as well as the meetings with Norwich and Cardiff.

The fourth and final match of the ban will cover the first domestic game of next season.

However, the 27-year-old's season is not over as Chelsea remain in the Champions League, with a 0-0 draw in their semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid leaving them in a strong position ahead of next week's second leg at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho and assistant Rui Faria were also subject to disciplinary action by the FA on Wednesday following the controversial Sunderland clash.

Mourinho gave a sarcastic appraisal of referee Mike Dean's performance, as well drawing referees' chief Mike Riley into the debate, while Faria was dismissed for angrily confronting the match officials.

The pair have until 19:00 on Monday to consider their responses. Faria's case has been designated a "non-standard" one by the FA "due to the aggressive and/or threatening and/or serious nature of the reported behaviour".

It is the third time Mourinho has faced FA disciplinary action this term.

As well as the Villa Park incident which has left him seething, Mourinho was fined £8 000 after accepting a charge following his dismissal against Cardiff in October.


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...