Cameroon midfielder Song banned for three matches for Mandzukic elbow
JUN 23, 2014 5:46a ET
Cameroon’s Alex Song has been given a three-match ban for elbowing Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic.
The former Arsenal midfielder was sent off during Cameroon's 4-0 defeat last week, incurring an automatic one-match ban.
But FIFA's disciplinary committee decided that the nature of the offence meant the suspension would be extended to three games.
Cameroon are already out of the World Cup after two straight defeats. Song will therefore miss their final Group A match with Brazil on Monday night plus Cameroon's next two international matches.
Cameroon were just 1-0 down in the 40th minute when Song committed the offence.
A FIFA statement read: The FIFA Disciplinary Committee decided today to suspend Song for three matches and impose a fine of CHF 20,000 for breaching art. 48 par. 1 d) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC).
"The first match of this suspension is to be served in the upcoming World Cup fixture between Cameroon and Brazil on 23 June 2014, with the remaining two to be served at the next official matches of the Cameroon national team."