Solskjaer: Bellamy punished by reputation, unlike Yaya Toure

The Welsh forward was banned for three matches for striking Jonathan De Guzman of Swansea City but his manager argues that it was no worse than the Manchester City star's actions
Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims that Craig Bellamy has been punished unfairly by reputation.

The forward was suspended for three games for striking Swansea City's Jonathan de Guzman in the South Wales derby on Saturday, seeing him miss Tuesday's draw with Aston Villa, while also ruling him out of Saturday's FA Cup tie with Wigan and a league clash with Hull City later in February.

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Solskjaer argues that the decision was a case of double standards from the Football Association, as Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure escaped punishment for a kick out at Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel from the same weekend.

"Everyone can see there is a big difference in the decisions. One has got three games and the other has got away with it," the Cardiff boss told reporters after his side's 0-0 stalemate against Villa.

"I think that Craig's reputation has gone before him. When you see him in training, even in games, he is a top professional.

"It is a little collision, there is no violence in it, but we have just got to accept it, we don't want it dragging on.

"Craig just wants to stay fit and be ready for the Tottenham game [on March 2] but we did not feel it was the right decision. I am sure the referee saw it.

"You look at what they did not give Toure and what they gave Craig and you are unhappy with it. I am very disappointed and, as I have said, I think his reputation has gone before him."