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Eintracht Frankfurt skipper Abraham banned for taking out Freiburg coach

18:47 GMT+3 13/11/2019
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The captain will not feature for again until 2020 after being given a seven-week ban by the DFB

Eintracht Frankfurt captain David Abraham will not play in the Bundesliga again this year after he was given a seven-week man for "punching" Freiburg coach Christian Streich during Sunday's Bundesliga match.

In addition, the 33-year-old Argentine has been fined €25,000 (£21,000/$27,000), the German Football Federation (DFB) has confirmed.

The ban runs from November 10 through to December 29, meaning Abraham will miss the club’s next six league games.

He won’t be eligible to return until their trip to Hoffenheim after the Bundesliga winter break on January 18.

The DFB also confirmed that Freiburg midfielder Vincenzo Grifo will be suspended for three games after he was sent off for his angry reaction in the aftermath of Abraham’s push.

The incident occurred as the game entered stoppage-time at the Schwarzwald-Stadion with Freiburg leading 1-0.

The ball went out of play near the home dugout and Abraham went chasing after the ball in order to restart play as quickly as possible.

In doing so the Argentine defender barged into Streich and left the 54-year-old flat out on the ground.

That sparked a furious response from the Freiburg bench, with substitutes and coaching staff running onto the field to confront Abraham.

Eintracht Frankfurt players, substitutes and coaching team responded by joining in the melee as the game descended into chaos.

Referee Felix Brych showed Abraham a straight red card, before a VAR check led to Grifo, who had been substituted during the second half, to also be dismissed for his angry reaction off the bench.

After things had calmed down the game was able to resume, with Freiburg holding onto victory courtesy of Nils Petersen's sixth goal of the season with 13 minutes left.

The win lifts Freiburg up to fourth place in the Bundesliga, level on points with RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich in second and third respectively, and four behind leaders Borussia Monchengladbach.

Meanwhile Frankfurt, who thrashed Bayern Munich 5-1 last weekend, remain in ninth place, two points outside the top six.

Frankfurt are at home to Wolfsburg when Bundesliga resumes after the international break on November 23 while Freiburg travel to Bayer Leverkusen.