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Arter doesn't want Sissoko punished

Harry Arter challenges Mousa Dembele just before the elbowing incident with Sissoko
Harry Arter challenges Mousa Dembele just before the elbowing incident with Sissoko

Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter hopes Tottenham's Moussa Sissoko avoids a ban for elbowing him in the face during their goalless draw on Saturday.

Sissoko struck Arter in the second half at the Vitality Stadium but, after consulting his linesman, referee Craig Pawson decided against any further punishment.

The Frenchman could, however, still face a three-match suspension for violent conduct if the FA choose to take retrospective action.

Arter reacted angrily immediately after the incident as both sets of players clashed on the pitch but later the 26-year-old was more sympathetic.

"He caught me straight in the face and if you get hit in the face anyone would have a reaction," Arter said.

"After the game he apologised. I'm not one to hold grudges. He said sorry, he didn't mean (to do) it, so that's end of.

"It looks like he elbowed me but he apologised and said it was an accident so that's good to me.

"At times in the heat of the battle you react differently and now I feel happy with his apology and if he didn't mean it hopefully he doesn't get banned."

Arter also said Pawson told him he had not seen the incident which would pave the way for the FA to take retrospective action.

"I thought it was going to be a red card at the time," Arter added.

"The ref said he didn't see it so it's down to him if he does want to take any action. From my point of view I am happy with his apology."

Any ban for Sissoko would come as another blow to Tottenham, who have had to do without several key players already this season.

Mousa Dembele made only his second start of the season against the Cherries while Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld are both still recovering from ankle and leg injuries respectively.