Cameroon international Patrick Suffo has reacted angrily to news that he has been fined £3,000 for a headbutting incident during an English first division match in March. Suffo and two other Sheffield United players were sent off in a now infamous encounter with West Brom at Bramall Lane on 16 March.
The match was eventually abandoned when two other players went off injured.
I’m surprised because I didn’t even know about the hearing, the club should have contacted me
Suffo, who is currently on loan to Spanish club Numancia, had already served a three match ban for headbutting an opponent.
But following an English FA hearing, which found him guilty of violent conduct, the Cameroonian was fined £3,000 and banned for a further three matches.
Suffo told BBC Sport Online that the fine and suspension has come as a complete shock.
« I’m a bit surprised because I already served my three game ban and I didn’t even know about the hearing, » he said.
« A friend just called me to say there was a story in the paper.
« I think the club (Sheffield United) should have sent me a letter to let me know what was happening.
« I feel that because I’m not there people don’t care and I’m disappointed with that. »
Suffo said he planned to appeal against the FA ruling.
« I think a three game ban was fair enough but the £3,000 fine is a surprise, I think they have gone too far.
Suffo admitted he also knew nothing of the extra three match suspension.
« Sheffield should have contacted me about all of this. I’m a bit lost as to what is happening. I should have been given the chance to defend myself, » he added.
Suffo, who is currently with the Cameroonian squad preparing for their next World Cup warm-up match against Denmark on 17 May, admitted he was now unsure of his future.
« I don’t know if I’ll play for Sheffield United again, we will have to wait and see what happens after the World Cup. »