The incident came in the second half of Bristol City’s 2-0 win at Fulham

Bristol City are “hugely surprised” Australian defender Bailey Wright has been found guilty of simulation and banned for their next two matches.

Wright, 25, went down in an off-the-ball incident involving Fulham’s Aboubakar Kamara in Tuesday’s 2-0 win.

Kamara was sent off but the Football Association has rescinded his red card.

Wright’s ban is the second for “deceiving a match official” in English football, after Carlisle’s Shaun Miller was suspended in October.

However, it is the first instance of a player being punished for an act of deception that resulted in an official showing a red card to an opponent.

This is the first season in which the FA has been able to retrospectively ban players for simulation.

City, who are fourth in the Championship, said they “prepared a detailed response” and supportive video evidence – which appears to show Kamara pushing Wright in the chest – for the panel who reviewed the incident.

“On finally receiving the full written reasoning next week, we will be consulting our legal team once more to discuss the options available,” chief executive officer Mark Ashton said in a statement.