Reigning Eredivisie champions Twente will have to make do without the services of uncompromising defender Douglas for a while as the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) has handed the center-back a six-match ban.
The 23-year-old defender received his marching orders in the 43rd minute of his side's 2-1 away loss against AZ after allegedly punching Pontus Wernbloom. Douglas then lost his temper and pushed referee Ruud Bossen away.
The KNVB was clearly not impressed with Douglas' behavior and has decided to hand the highly rated defender a hefty suspension.
Twente had already suspended the center-back for five games following his dismissal and also gave Douglas a hefty fine. The Tukkers have accepted the KNVB's decision to punish Douglas even heavier and won't appeal the ban.
"Emotions are part of the game, but it's completely unacceptable that this has happened to a club like Twente," commented president Joop Munsterman on the official Twente website.
The suspension will likely put the pressure on American defender Oguchi Onyewu to step into the middle and cover while Douglas is out.
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