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Burton keeper punished after BITING Peterborough player

Burton keeper Kieran O’Hara punished after BITING Peterborough player Sammie Szmodics during the League One meeting in February.

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.

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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.

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