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Defender must serve a three match ban

7 March 2023

Northampton Town's appeal against the red card shown to Aaron McGowan has been rejected by the FA.

McGowan was sent off in the second half of the 1-0 over Crawley Town for violent conduct.

Violent conduct is defined as:

When a player uses or attempts to use excessive force or brutality against an opponent when not challenging for the ball, or against a team-mate, team official, match official, spectator or any other person, regardless of whether contact is made.

In addition, a player who, when not challenging for the ball, deliberately strikes an opponent or any other person on the head or face with the hand or arm, is guilty of violent conduct unless the force used was negligible.

No reduction in the ban was agreed by the panel so McGowan must now serve a three match suspension for the incident which is shown below.

It is probably best that we, as a club, don't comment further. We move on to Saturday.

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