Micah Richards: Aston Villa defender gets one-game FA ban

Micah Richards (centre) in the tunnel at the end of the match between Aston Villa and Swansea
Micah Richards will miss his first league game of the season due to the incident after the defeat by Swansea

Aston Villa captain Micah Richards has been given a one-match ban for an incident in the tunnel following his side's defeat by Swansea City.

Richards, 27, admitted to a misconduct charge, was fined £10,000 and missed Monday's 3-1 loss at Tottenham

His ban was announced by the Football Association less than two hours before kick-off in the Premier League game.

The tunnel was seen to be shaking as stewards rushed to calm tensions after the Swans' 2-1 win on 24 October.

Richards clashed with Swansea's Federico Fernandez in a separate incident during the game but the defenders were not punished by the FA after being reviewed by a three-strong panel.

Villa caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald said the club were aware of Richards' likely ban and had prepared for the eventuality ahead of the Tottenham game.

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