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Ballymena’s Jeffrey hit with a five-match suspension


I suppose in the world of football, nothing really surprises.


However,  David Jeffrey’s five match ban following his red card during the derby defeat to title chasers Coleraine, is a severe punishment, and that’s  a Coleraine fan’s point of view.


Ballymena United  assistant manager Bryan McLoughlin  will serve a three-game ban for the same breach.


Both men were charged under Article 18.7, following alleged post match incidents.


The ban also means, should the season return, Jeffrey will miss his side’s crucial Sadler’s Peaky Blinders Irish Cup semi-final clash with Bannsiders.


Article 18.7 reads: “An official who is reported for the first occasion in the playing season for misconduct will be sanctioned with a minimum one-match touchline suspension and a £100 fine imposed on the official’s club or in the case of a match official a fine of £100 and may be suspended pursuant to Article 15.15.”

United manager Jeffrey was also sent off during the match for two bookings and will serve a further one-match suspension. It means he will have to sit out five games in all.

The IFA, in a statement said: “Both Jeffrey and McLoughlin were reported by the referee for their actions after the match and these were dealt with by way of the Article 18.7 charges.

“Article 18.7 charges are always accompanied by a fine of £100.”

Meanwhile, the IFA Disciplinary Committee has decided payment of fines (normally within 14 days of a charge being brought) will not be due until 14 days after the current season recommences.

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