Chelsea's Ramires suspended into next season after four-game FA ban

Key Blues' player will not play again in this season's Premier League, having received a four-match ban for violent conduct in the loss to Sunderland.

Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Ramires will not play a domestic match again this season, after receiving a four-match ban from the FA for an off the ball challenge in the Blues' last Premier League game with Sunderland.

The former Benfica man had thrown an arm out at Black Cats midfielder Seb Larsson, an incident that was missed by the match officials.

Ramires didn't appeal the violent conduct decision by the FA disciplinary panel, and will now miss the final three games of the Premier League season, plus the first domestic game next season.

Unless Chelsea win the league and play in the Community Shield, that will be the opening Premier League match of the 2014-15 campaign.

It further restricts the players Jose Mourinho has available for the upcoming trip to Livepool, with the Portuguese recently admitting he was looking into playing a weakened side at Anfield.

Ramires will also miss the Blues' two remaining games, the first of which is at home to Norwich, as well as away to Cardiff on the final day of the season.

He is able to participate in Chelsea's Champions League campaign as it is a domestic ban, and, having played against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, may have been rested for the crunch game with Brendan Rodgers' table toppers anyway.

The incident at Stamford Bridge wasn't the first time Ramires has been in trouble with officials this season, having received two red cards, one in the Super Cup clash with Bayern Munich and one in the recent loss to Aston Villa.

Jose Mourinho and assistant Rui Faria are also subject to disciplinary reviews as a result of their behaviour in the Sunderland game.

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