West Bromwich Albion's Romanian defender Gabriel Tamas has accepted a charge of violent conduct and will serve a three match ban. The 27-year-old was charged over an incident in Sunday's 1-0 Premier League win at Norwich.
Tamas clashed with Norwich's James Vaughan in stoppage time at Carrow Road, flooring Vaughan with an elbow to the face, leaving the player to require hospital treatment. A Football Association statement confirmed: "West Bromwich Albion's Gabriel Tamas will begin a three match suspension with immediate effect after he accepted a charge of violent conduct.
"Tamas was charged following an incident during West Bromwich Albion's fixture at Norwich City on Sunday 11 September."
Tamas will miss West Brom's Premier League fixtures against Swansea City and Fulham, as well as the League Cup tie at Everton. West Brom have said that they do not believe Tamas was guilty of violent conduct, and that the decision not to challenge the charge was taken because there was little chance of getting the ban overturned.
Garlick told the club website: "We have spoken at length with Gabriel and he is adamant that he did not intentionally elbow James in the face. However, he admits the way he turned in the penalty area was clumsy and he has apologised to James through a mutual friend for the injury he has suffered.
"We as a club, also send our best wishes to James. Although we accept Gabriel's version of the incident, both the player and the club have decided against appealing the decision as it would be very difficult to overturn.