Longest Premier League bans all-time: List of players suspended for most matches in history
Longest Premier League bans all-time: List of players suspended for most matches in history
What are the longest Premier League bans of all-time?

Brentford's Ivan Toney has received one of the longest bans ever given to a Premier League player after he accepting breaching English FA betting rules.

The Bees top scorer had a personal hearing days before the FA announced on May 17 that he would be suspended from football for eight months and fined £50,000 ($62,400). His club said they would await written reasons from an independent commission before reviewing their next steps.

The news came during a season when Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic separately suffered the ignominy of an eight-match enforced absence for pushing referee Chris Kavanagh during Fulham's FA Cup quarterfinal defeat to Manchester United on March 19.

Several players have previously been sanctioned for longer than the Serbia striker in the past for a diverse range of offences – but only two have been exiled for longer than Toney. Read on to find out who.

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Longest Premier League bans all-time

Eric Cantona and Mark Bosnich currently hold the record for the longest Premier League bans of all-time. 

Both players were handed nine-month bans during stints with Manchester United and Chelsea respectively

Cantona was notoriously suspended after kung-fu kicking a Crystal Palace fan in January 1995, while Bosnich was banned and sacked by the Blues after testing positive for cocaine in 2002. 

Among the current 10 longest bans, only Luis Suarez features twice after copping significant suspensions for racial abuse and biting. 

Year Player Club Ban length Offence
1995 Eric Cantona Man United 9 months Kicking fan
2002 Mark Bosnich Chelsea 9 months Failed drug test
2023 Ivan Toney Brentford 8 months Breach of FA betting rules
2003 Rio Ferdinand Man United 8 months Missed drug test
2004 Adrian Mutu Chelsea 7 months Failed drug test
2011 Kolo Toure Man City 6 months Failed drug test
1998 Paolo Di Canio  Sheffield Wednesday 11 games Referee shove
2005 David Prutton Southampton 10 games Referee shove
2013 Luis Suarez Liverpool 10 games Biting
2011 Luis Suarez Liverpool 8 games Racial abuse
2023 Aleksandar Mitrovic Fulham 8 games Referee shove

📆 ON THIS DAY | 1998

Paolo Di Canio responded to being dismissed by pushing referee Paul Alcock to the ground - he received an 11-game ban🔴 pic.twitter.com/l6OY3PDTCe

— FourFourTwo (@FourFourTwo) September 26, 2017

How are Premier League bans calculated?

The length of any ban is based on a number of factors. 

First of all, if a player is sent off in a match after being shown two yellow cards, they will only serve a one-match ban. 

Red cards handed out for professional fouls like taking down a player through on goal or a goal-denying handball also generally result in a one-match suspension.

Two-match bans are then often handed out for dissent or picking up 10 yellow cards across a single season. 

Violent conduct will then result in bans of three matches or longer depending on the offence, with anything involving referees or match officials resulting in more significant suspensions. 

Bans handed to Premier League players apply across all domestic competitions like the FA Cup and Carabao Cup but don't count in UEFA tournaments. 

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