Six-match ban for Spartak Moscow's Welliton for rash challenge on CSKA Moscow's Igor Akinfeev

The football authorities in Russia have decided to suspend the forward for dangerous play after his challenge led to the injury of an opposition player
Spartak Moscow's Brazilian striker Welliton has been hit with a six-game ban by the Russian Football Union's (RFS) Disciplinary Committee.

The punishment is a result of the injury to CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev in the 2-2 draw between the clubs in week 22 of the Russian Premier League.

Welliton's dangerous challenge left Akinfeev needing treatment after suffering a serious knee injury which could see him out of action for some time.

A statement released by the RFS reads: "The Welliton case was discussed today at the meeting of the Executive Committee of the RFS, where the entire Disciplinary Committee was invited.

"In accordance with Article 127 of the RFS Disciplinary Regulations the Executive Committee construed Article 94 of the Disciplinary Regulations. Subsequently, the Disciplinary Committee held a meeting on the issue of Welliton’s sanctioning.

"Pursuant to Article 94 paragraph 4, Welliton was suspended for six games for rough play that resulted in an injury to the opponent."

The Punishment means Welliton will miss the big clash against league leaders Zenit St. Petersburg on October 1.