Sergio Agüero has been banned for four matches, as expected, by the Football Association following his sending off against Chelsea which prompted a fractious finale to Manchester City’s defeat on Saturday.
The City striker was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on David Luiz, which led to a bench-clearing melee at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Fernandinho was also sent off for shoving Césc Fàbregas during the incident, with City’s Brazilian midfielder banned for three matches.
Chelsea won the game 3-1 to remain top with an eighth successive victory, but both clubs can anticipate FA disciplinary action for a failure to control their players. Fàbregas’s role in Fernandinho’s dismissal could also be scrutinised after it appeared he struck the City player in the face, prompting the furious reaction.
Agüero’s offence was effectively his second dismissal of the season after he served a three-match ban for violent conduct, issued retrospectively after he was adjudged to have elbowed West Ham’s Winston Reid in August.
The Argentina striker will miss City’s matches with Leicester City, Watford, Arsenal and Hull City this month. Fernandinho will be available for the Hull game on Boxing Day.
The City defender Nicolás Otamendi, meanwhile, received his fifth booking of the season on Saturday to prompt an automatic one-match suspension, so Pep Guardiola will be without three players for Saturday’s trip to Leicester.
The two red cards against Chelsea took City’s number of on-field dismissals to five in the early months of Guardiola’s reign. Fernandinho and Claudio Bravo were sent off in Champions League action, while Nolito was also red carded in September’s win over Bournemouth.