The Suspension Report for gameweek 1 provides up to date information on players suspended for the current gameweek, and players who are close to receiving a suspension. With initial player selections being so important in fantasy football, we highly recommend fantasy managers cast their eye down the suspension lists before confirming their final team for gameweek 1.
Well the time has almost come, we are just days away from from the start of the 2012-2013 season. Normally this report would not be needed until the season is well under way, but a certain Mr Barton has left us scratching our heads. Due to unknown possibilities with cup draw(s) it is difficult at this time to know exactly when Joey can start his season, but rest assured it will not be any time soon as he has a 12, yes twelve, match suspension to serve for his antics at the end of last season.
Another thing that needs to be cleared up is the situation with Ivanovic. It was thought Ivanovic would be banned for three matches, however, the FA changed their rules after an incident during an Amsterdam Tournament in 2006, when Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney were both sent off against Porto and ended up serving three-match bans. As the rule change covered all non-competitive pre-season fixtures, including the Community Shield, it means Ivanovic will be free to play from gameweek 1. How they class something that involves a trophy and medals as ‘non-competitive’ is beyond us, but that discussion is for another time and place.
The following players will be serving a suspension for the following gameweeks.
The Suspension Watchlist
The yellow card count is reset for all players at the start of the season. Therefore all players are currently 5 yellow cards away from a one match suspension.
Where possible, we will try and produce the suspension report as early as possible each gameweek. However, as cup games can affect suspensions, if there are FA Cup or Carling Cup games scheduled for midweek, then accurate suspension information cannot be given until these matches have taken place. On these affected gameweeks we will release the suspension report shortly after the final cup game has concluded.
The Value of ‘The Suspension Report’
Up to date suspension information is a hugely valuable tool for fantasy managers, and we strongly encourage everyone to review this section on a weekly basis. It may very well save you from making a horrendous transfer or team selection mistake!
If you want a concise overview of how the suspension system works in the Premier League, then please read our Guide to Suspensions in Fantasy Football which will help make sense of what is undoubtedly a confusing system.
This article was written by Mutley