Sunderland confirm three- and four-match bans for Cattermole & Sessegnon after Newcastle red cards

The Black Cats pair received straight sendings-off in an ill-tempered derby away to the Magpies, with the club captain getting a further ban for his 10th dismissal of the season

Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon and captain Lee Cattermole have been handed three- and four-match bans, respectively, by the FA following their dismissals during their side’s 1-1 draw away at Newcastle on Sunday.

Referee Mike Dean issued eight yellow cards and two reds throughout the bad-tempered Tyne-Wear derby.

Cattermole set the tone for the match inside the first minute when he received his 10th booking of the season for a tackle on Cheikh Tiote and later received a straight red after the final whistle for verbally abusing the referee.

Newcastle goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman was sent to the stands at half-time, while Sessegnon was sent off in the 58th minute for violent conduct after striking Tiote.

A Sunderland spokesman confirmed: "Stephane Sessegnon and Lee Cattermole have been handed three- and four-game bans, respectively.

"Lee Cattermole will miss Sunderland's next four senior games after being sent off in yesterday's Tyne-Wear derby at the Sports Direct Arena.

"The midfielder was shown a straight red card for foul and abusive language towards a match official in the moments following the full-time whistle on Tyneside.

"The offence automatically carries a two-match ban, with another two games added after Cattermole reached 10 bookings for an early foul on Cheikh Tiote.

"Meanwhile, Stephane Sessegnon will serve a three-match ban after being dismissed in the second half following a clash with Tiote."

Both players will miss the Sunderland’s league matches against Liverpool and Blackburn along with their FA Cup quarter-final against Everton, while Cattermole will also be unavailable for the home game against QPR on March 24.

Sunderland are 11/2 with Bet365 to get another 1-1 draw when they take on Liverpool in their next Premier League match on March 10.