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Brighton captain Dunk gets two-match ban for abusing referee Taylor

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Brighton and Hove Albion captain Lewis Dunk will serve a two-match ban after being sent off for using “abusive and insulting language” during the Seagulls’ 3-2 win at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Dunk was initially booked for dissent by referee Anthony Taylor after youngster Jack Hinshelwood conceded a penalty for a foul on Callum Hudson-Odoi with Brighton 3-1 up at the City Ground.

However, the England international then appeared to say something else to Taylor, who swiftly brandished a straight red card.

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“Abusive and insulting language” was the reason given for Dunk’s red card, making him the first player to be dismissed for that offence during a Premier League game since Alan Smith for Newcastle United in a 2008 defeat to Manchester United.

Morgan Gibbs-White converted Forest’s subsequent penalty, but Brighton held on with 10 men to halt a run of six Premier League games without a victory.

Dunk will now miss Brighton’s Premier League trip to Chelsea on Sunday, as well as their home game against Brentford three days later.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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