Sparta Rotterdam disappointed by recommendation to extend Arno Verschueren’s suspension

Sparta Rotterdam does not agree with the suspension that the professional football prosecutor has proposed for midfielder Arno Verschueren, Voetbal International reports. The Belgian midfielder received a red card on Saturday for a hard foul on Zakaria Bakkali.

The club and player acknowledged after the match the red card was a fair decision – despite initial protests from his teammates when the decision was made by the referee.

Sparta nevertheless won 2-0 against RKC Waalwijk thanks to goals from Verschueren and Tobias Lauretsen from the spot kick but Verschueren will now have to miss three matches if it is up to the prosecutor of professional football. The Rotterdammers do not agree with that settlement proposal, they reported on Monday via the club channels.

Verschueren, pictured during his time at Lommel, said afterwards that he hoped that the suspension would remain a one-match suspension. The Belgian, like head coach Jeroen Rijsdijk, acknowledged that the red card was justified, but Sparta believes the punishment is too high given the nature of the violation.

The club is now referring the matter to the disciplinary committee. He will have to consider a permanent suspension for Verschueren. Sparta will play against IJsselmeervogels in the KNVB Cup on Wednesday and will then meet Almere City and FC Volendam in the Eredivisie.

GBeNeFN Tom Phillips

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