Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma charged by FA after allegedly biting opponent

Cherries said their player ‘strenuously denies the allegation’

Alex Pattle
Tuesday 22 December 2020 11:44
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Bournemouth’s Jefferson Lerma

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Jefferson Lerma has been charged by the Football Association (FA) with violent conduct after allegedly biting an opponent.

The Bournemouth midfielder is alleged to have bitten a Sheffield Wednesday player during the teams’ Championship tie last month, which Sheffield won 1-0.

An FA statement released on Tuesday read: “AFC Bournemouth’s Jefferson Lerma has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3.

“It is alleged that the midfielder committed an act of violent conduct by biting a Sheffield Wednesday FC player during the 83rd minute of an EFL Championship game on Tuesday 3 November 2020.

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“Jefferson Lerma has until Thursday 24 December 2020 to provide a response.” 

Bournemouth responded to the FA’s statement with their own, which read: “Jefferson strenuously denies the allegation made against him and has cooperated fully with the FA’s initial investigations into the alleged incident. 

“He will request a hearing over the charge. 

“AFC Bournemouth fully support Jefferson and will continue to do so throughout the process.”

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