London - Chelsea midfielder Ramires will miss the rest of the club's English Premiership campaign after accepting a four-match ban for violent conduct on
Ramires had until 19:00 (SA time) on Thursday to respond to a
Football Association charge after he struck Sunderland's Sebastian
Larsson in an off-the-ball incident during his team's shock 2-1 home
defeat against the Black Cats on Saturday.
But the Brazilian has
decided not to contest the charge and, having already been sent off
against Aston Villa earlier this season, he received an additional
one-match ban on top of the regular three-game suspension.
rules him out of second placed Chelsea's visit to leaders Liverpool on
Sunday -- a match for which Blues boss Jose Mourinho has already
threatened to play a weakened team -- as well as the meetings with
Norwich and Cardiff.
The fourth and final match of the ban will cover the first domestic game of next season.
the 27-year-old's season is not over as Chelsea remain in the Champions
League, with a 0-0 draw in their semi-final first leg against Atletico
Madrid leaving them in a strong position ahead of next week's second leg
at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho and assistant Rui Faria were also
subject to disciplinary action by the FA on Wednesday following the
controversial Sunderland clash.
Mourinho gave a sarcastic
appraisal of referee Mike Dean's performance, as well drawing referees'
chief Mike Riley into the debate, while Faria was dismissed for angrily
confronting the match officials.
The pair have until 19:00 on
Monday to consider their responses. Faria's case has been designated a
"non-standard" one by the FA "due to the aggressive and/or threatening
and/or serious nature of the reported behaviour".
It is the third time Mourinho has faced FA disciplinary action this term.
well as the Villa Park incident which has left him seething, Mourinho
was fined £8 000 after accepting a charge
following his dismissal against Cardiff in October.