The Newcastle frontman has accepted a retroactive charge for the incident which means he will not feature for the Magpies until October, but he appears to not understand why he has been punished.
Speaking after his country’s 1-0 World Cup qualification win over the Republic of Ireland, the Serb explained his displeasure with the decision.
“It is very frustrating for me, but I can’t change anything now,” said Mitrovic, as quoted by The Telegraph.
“These are the rules, but I didn’t mean to do this, the things they have accused me of. It wasn’t even a foul in the game, but I have to accept the rules and respect the decision that has been made.
“I didn’t mean it, it wasn’t even a foul, I have three or four incidents like this every match so I don’t understand it. If I say something more, though, they can punish me even more. I just have to take this on the chin and make sure I stay as fit as possible so that I can help the team when I return.
“I don’t know what they said [on Match of the Day], I have no idea, but I’ve been banned for three games and I was really surprised.
“It has been really tough to get my head around it. It was an accident. I spoke to Lanzini after the game and he was fine.
“It is going to be very hard to miss these games, I had a good pre-season, I’ve scored two goals already, it is very hard for my head to stay focused and strong. That’s life. That’s football, I have to try and look forward.”
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