Santa Fe's Gerardo Bedoya suspended for 15 matches for violent conduct

The veteran midfielder is given a hefty ban after first elbowing opposition midfielder Yhonny Ramirez, and then following it up with a stamp to the head

Independiente Santa Fe's Gerardo Bedoya has been banned for 15 games for violent coduct in their recent 2-1 defeat to Millonarios.

Bedoya, who had been sent off initially for elbowing Yhonny Ramirez, then stamped on his face as he lay on the ground, sparking widespread anger from the Millonarios players.

The suspension was handed out by league body Dimayor who explained that the ban was for 'violent conduct against an adversary in an incident off the ball'.

The governing body released a statement on its website that read:

'According to the referee's report on the match between Santa Fe and Millonarios, which took place on September 22 for the ninth round of the Postobon League II (Clausura), player number 20 Gerardo Bedoya, after being sent off, kicked an adversary in the face who was on the ground.'

The 36-year-old Bedoya, whose contract expires at the end of the current campaign, will only be available to feature for Santa Fe again this season should they reach the championship finals.