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Fulham boss Chris Coleman is hoping Luis Boa Morte will escape a second ban after Leicester’s Frank Sinclair jumped to his defence.

Boa Morte is alleged to have stamped on Sinclair during Fulham’s 2-0 win in October, and he was summoned to attend a Football Association disciplinary hearing on 10 December to answer a misconduct charge.

The Portuguese international has already been banned for three games, starting against Portsmouth on Monday, after his sending off against Liverpool.

The alleged stamp on Sinclair went unnoticed at the time but Boa Morte was later cited as result of video evidence.

However, Sinclair has since spoken up on Boa Morte’s behalf, and Coleman is full of praise for his actions.

“I think it will be okay. The FA have been pretty good and I think Frank Sinclair helped out as well by the fact he said it was handbags stuff,” said Coleman.

“It never happens any more and you have to take your hat off to Frank. He’s a strong, rugged defender and he’s shown his true colours there.

“He’s come out and stuck up for Boa when I’m quite sure other players wouldn’t and would have made a meal of it. But he didn’t, he got on with it.”