The 23 year old Republic of Ireland international shot stopper, on loan from Manchester United, has been hit with the charge of alleged violent and/or improper conduct for his behaviour in the 44th minute.
A photo of the incident circulated social media, showing him bite his opponent’s arm during the 1-1 draw with the Peterborough Telegraph saying that Szmodics complained to the referee, no card was shown.
It looked as though O’Hara escaped punishment for the incident, however the governing body has now intervened and the goalkeeper now has until Friday 6 March to respond to the FA charge.
Police are not believed to have made an official complaint, but a picture taken by a fan appears to show the stopper sinking his teeth into the attacker and could be used as evidence.
The Brewers said in a club statement: “Burton Albion goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3.
“It is alleged that the goalkeeper’s behaviour during the 44th minute of the EFL League One fixture against Peterborough United FC on Saturday 29 February amounts to violent and/or improper conduct.
“O’Hara has until Friday, March 6, 2020 to respond and Burton Albion can confirm that the club will be contesting the charge. The club will be making no further comment at this time.”
O’Hara has made 33 appearance for Burton this season and has previously spent time on loan with Macclesfield Town, Morecambe, Stockport County and AFC Fylde after turning professional at Old Trafford in 2014.
Fans gave their reaction to seeing the Burton keeper punished after BITING a Peterborough player…
At least Kieran O'Hara can go to sleep in peace tonight knowing his mistake wasn't the worst bit of keeping this week
— James (@Goonyella_) February 24, 2020
— Kyle (@Kyle_Irving1) March 3, 2020
@fa Burton should be given a points deduction and Peterborough given the win for this game! Disgusting behaviour ?
— Luke Dobbie (@luke_dobbie) March 3, 2020
Rule 3 covers insulting or bad language not biting
— MH103AR (@markharden) March 3, 2020
— Harry (@Harry89282658) March 3, 2020
That’s what happens when you bite someone ?? pic.twitter.com/Yqjb5Wun6y
— Brandon (@Brandon_pufc) March 3, 2020
Should have punched him instead – I e never seen o hara show aggression and don’t believe he did then either. Obviously the ref and linesman didn’t think it happened too
— Leonie Ashenden (@LeonieAshenden1) March 3, 2020
How can you consider contesting that ?
— Craig Isted (@CraigIsted) March 3, 2020
You sure you want to contest that @burtonalbionfc ?
— Stephen Way (@Stintastic) March 3, 2020
Don’t remember goading away fans being an offence.
— Jack (@JackBAFC) March 3, 2020
Dirty b**tard ?
— Sam DB Howard™️ (@Sam_PUFC) March 3, 2020
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