Having received two yellow cards in the Coppa Italia last season, Manchester United’s new signing Paul Pogba has been suspended for his side’s league opener against Bournemouth.
The English Football Association, via its Twitter handle, announced on Wednesday that Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will be suspended for Sunday’s game against Bournemouth. They explained the decision in another tweet that stated: ‘He [Pogba] was booked twice in last season’s Coppa Italia, which results in a one-game ban. This has been transferred to England.
With the #PLkickoff this weekend, did you know four players are serving suspensions?
— The FA (@FA) August 12, 2016
This announcement led to a frantic atmosphere on social media:
So Pogba is suspended for Man Utd’s first game, live scenes as fans race to change their fantasy league teams… pic.twitter.com/VIZMK0izhi
— TheFootballRepublic (@TheFootballRep) August 12, 2016
Had no idea suspensions can carry over from country to country. At least Pogba wasn’t suspended by United 😂
— Robert (@rm20192) August 12, 2016
Pogba suspended!? Why! Is there some arcane rule in place something??
— Dominic James Brown (@DomJBrown) August 12, 2016
Just finished your fantasy team?…
Pogba suspended this weekend. pic.twitter.com/23nBUJodbJ
— Kitbag (@KitbagUK) August 12, 2016
Pogba the most expensive banned player in football history would be the excuse from the fans 😞 pic.twitter.com/zrk5y69X23
— Aartee B (@aabeekharry) August 12, 2016
How on earth can a ban from Italy be carried over to England. That is just farcical! Pogba won’t play anyway but that’s not the point.
— Mary (@MarySeeYouEnTee) August 12, 2016
— Mohammed AL-Jeraiwi (@jeraiwi) August 12, 2016
Pogba has been suspended for the first game of the season?!! Whaaaat 😩
— The F2 (@F2Freestylers) August 12, 2016
No Pogba on Sunday then 😢 but by Tuesday he’ll be ready for his return to Old Trafford against Southampton! 🙌 – #mufc
— FifaFountain64™ (@FifaFountain64) August 12, 2016
Very gutted to hear Pogba is suspended for Bournemouth game but should be amazing to see him get more fitness for his Old Trafford return
— The United One (@MainManMemphis) August 12, 2016
I guess it’s fitting that pogba makes his debut for the club again at OT #MUFC
— Ash (@ashparmar92) August 12, 2016
Have to wait a week longer to see Pogba, it just means he’ll be more ready and making his debut at Old Trafford. ⚽️🔴
— Thomas (@ManLikeMata) August 12, 2016
However, others seemed to have a rather indifferent reaction about the whole scenario.
Pogba being banned for the opener makes no difference he’s only been back in training for a couple of days I doubt he’s match ready yet.
— Adam Paul Jones (@APJ_MUFC) August 12, 2016
The @FA is 💩. Make it up as they go
I’m not overly concerned that Pogba is suspended as he should train for a week b4 he starts but come on
— Richie Yemie Stark (@RichieYemie) August 12, 2016
It’s not too big a deal that Pogba is suspended he definitely wouldn’t have started anyways he’s just got back from holiday, not fit enough.
— Paul. (@VintageDeGea) August 12, 2016
Why are united fans pissed Pogba can’t play vs Bournemouth? Scared he won’t be able to show his worth in the other 37? He won’t anyway
— ㅤ (@KalousInTheName) August 12, 2016
Reality is #Pogba wasn’t going to debut this week; he is just back from an extended vac. having helped France reach the finals of the Euros.
— Vozi Edward (@voziedwards) August 12, 2016