Manchester City Women midfielder Jill Scott has been banned for three games, after being sent off for headbutting Arsenal defender Jade Bailey during a game at the City’s Football Academy.
The incident happened during the second-half of a Women’s Super League One match that Arsenal would go on to win 1-0, thanks to a first-half strike from Chioma Ubogagu.
Scott reacted badly to a challenge from Bailey, and proceeded to throw her head towards her opponent. The referee appeared to pick up on the altercation straight away, halting play and almost instantaneously producing the red card.
The 28-year-old – who has been capped 75 times at international level – will now not be available until preparations begin for this summer’s World Cup in Canada.
She will miss two fixtures against Chelsea – one in the league and one in the semi-final of the Women’s FA Cup – as well as a game against Liverpool.
In the aftermath of the incident, she took to Twitter to express her regret for letting her teammates down.
Gr8 effort from all the girls, I want to apologise for the incident which led to me being sent off, gutted to let every1 @MCWFC down today
— Jill Scott (@JillScott12) April 19, 2015
Here is the moment that saw her banned for three games:
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