25 Apr 2014

Chelsea's Ramires banned for 4 games

9:02 am on 25 April 2014

The Chelsea midfielder Ramires will miss the rest of the Premier League season after being handed a four-match ban by England Football for elbowing Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson.

The Brazilian accepted a charge of violent conduct from Sunday's 2-1 home defeat and his ban starts immediately.

Ramires received a three-match ban for the incident, which was not seen by referee Mike Dean, with a further game added because of his sending off against Aston Villa last month.

He will miss Chelsea's crunch Premier League match at Liverpool on Monday as well as games against Norwich City and Cardiff City, although he will be able to play in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid.