Blackburn Rovers midfielder Steven Nzonzi banned for three matches

Steven Nzonzi
Nzonzi joined Blackburn from French side Amiens in 2009

Blackburn Rovers midfielder Steven Nzonzi has been banned for three matches after admitting a Football Association charge of violent conduct.

The 22-year-old appeared to catch Stoke's Ryan Shawcross in the face with an elbow in the 3-1 defeat on Saturday.

Referee Mark Halsey did not see the incident at the time but it was caught on video resulting in the charge.

"The Rovers midfielder has accepted the FA charge and his ban will start immediately," a club statement said.

Nzonzi misses Tuesday's Carling Cup visit to Cardiff, and the next two Premier League games against Swansea and Sunderland.

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