The Belgian FA (KBVB) have handed Standard Liege midfielder Axel Witsel a hefty suspension after his red card in the 1-1 league draw against Anderlecht on Sunday.
The Belgian international received his marching orders after 24 minutes of play following a reckless challenge on Anderlecht defender Marcin Wasilowski.
The latter will be unavailable for at least twelve months due to the broken leg he sustained and Witsel is under heavy criticism as a result of his behaviour.
This was reason for the KBVB to ban Witsel from the football fields until 23 November, meaning that he will miss ten league matches and one cup game.
Witsel accepted the suspension without any further appeal and regretted the results of his action, pointing out that he never had the intention to hurt his opponent.
Stefan Coerts, Goal.com