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Non league player faces 35-MATCH BAN after FA issue three charges

A non league player faces being handed a 35-MATCH BAN after the FA issue three charges to the player during the curtailed 2020/21 season.

Michael McGrath is the man who could be facing the lengthy punishment from the Football Association while playing for Kettering Town.

The defender has denied all three charges but all three were found to be proven with the player now facing a total of 35 matches suspended and total fines of £1,550.

Mike McGrath scores winner for Hereford FC at Mangotsfield United |  Hereford Times

The biggest ban thrown at McGrath came following an incident during the Poppies’ 3-0 defeat at Leamington in the fourth round of the FA Trophy on January the 19th this year, which was their final game of the curtailed campaign.

McGrath got involved in an ugly confrontation with the match referee, which saw him end up given a red card.

The FA charges for that incident read as follows: “1. It is alleged that in or around the 11th minute of the fixture the participant used abusive and/or insulting words towards the match referee, contrary to Rule E3.1.

“Further, or alternatively, it is alleged that this breach of FA Rule E3.1 is an “aggravated breach” as defined in Rule E3.2, as it included a reference to disability.

“2. It is alleged that following the participant’s dismissal, the participant’s language and/or behaviour towards the match referee was abusive and/or insulting, contrary to Rule E3.1. It is alleged that this breach of FA Rule E3.1 is an “aggravated breach” as defined in Rule E3.2, as it included a reference to sexual orientation.

“3. It is alleged that following the participant’s dismissal, the participant’s language and/or behaviour towards the match referee was threatening.

“4. It is alleged that following the participant’s dismissal from the field of play, the participant’s language and/or behaviour in or around the tunnel area amounts to improper conduct, contrary to Rule E3.1.”

It is stated on the FA website that the charges were denied but the result was proven with McGrath handed a 21-match suspension, £750 fine and an FA face to face education course.

The first charge related to an incident following Kettering Town’s 1-1 draw with Guiseley at Latimer Park on the 24th of November.

The charge read as follows: “It is alleged that in the hospitality suite at Kettering Town Football Club following the above fixture, the participant used abusive and/or insulting language towards a match official, contrary to Rule E3.1.

“It is further alleged that this breach of Rule E3.1 is an “aggravated breach”, as defined in Rule E3.2, as the language included a reference to sexual orientation.”

The charge was again denied but the result was proven with McGrath handed a 10-match suspension, £600 fine and an FA face to face education course.

The third charge related to the 3-3 draw at Hereford four days later on November the 28th in which McGrath was red carded for two bookable offences.

The FA charges read as follows: “1. It is alleged that in or around the 70th minute, the participant’s language towards a match official was abusive and/or insulting.

“2. It is alleged that following the participant’s dismissal, the participant’s behaviour in/around the dugout amounts to improper conduct.”

The charges were denied but have been listed as proven with the punishment being a four-match suspension and £200 fine.

The Poppies have not confirmed the status of McGrath’s future with the club as they begin their preparations for the new National League North campaign starting in August.

Fans reacted as the non league player faces a 35-MATCH BAN after the FA issue three charges against him…

@goonersteelman: Blimey even Big Eric Cantona never got that for kicking a Palace fan, did he have any regrets yes he said he should had kicked him harder

@pagrev: He will have so much pent up anger probably chin the ref in the first minute.

@roddytherobot: Blimey, you get less punishment and fines for knocking someone over in a car !!

@ForeverAYellow: jeez this player loves to get himself in a spot of bother dont he, really needs to get his head sorted out, although quite surprised at how lengthy that ban it

@woziakski: you get less for racism! crazy amount, i understand it’s numerous charges, but that’s a bit extreme considering circumstances of what he actually did

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