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Players banned in 'abuse' crackdown

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

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CORNWALL footballers who post offensive comments on public forums have been warned by the Cornwall FA that they face punishment, including bans from playing.

Already four St Day players – Ian Hodges (pictured), Shane Richards, Tom Hogarth and Nathan Taylor – have been suspended for two games and fined £25 by the county after being found guilty for posting offensive comments on, it is believed, Facebook.

Cornwall FA chief executive Dawn Aberdeen said the Association's actions were designed to send out a "clear message" that such behaviour would not be tolerated.

In a statement she said: "The Cornwall Football Association have taken a firm stance against those who choose to place offensive comments on a public forum and it is hoped this will send a clear message to anyone associated with football in Cornwall that such unpleasant comments placed on media sites will not be tolerated.

"Four individuals have each been suspended from any involvement in all football for two qualifying matches."

Phil Bunt, CCFA Discipline Panel Member, added: "The subject of the posts were insulting towards other players and clubs, using extremely offensive terms."

Three of those charged by Cornwall FA, in association with the offence of E3 Improper Conduct, pleaded guilty by post and the fourth failed to respond and the case was heard without any explanation from him.

All four were suspended from taking part in any football activity for a period of two qualifying matches and fined £25 each. The suspensions started on Monday.

Bunt added: "We are determined to see this type of activity stamped out across the county and we think that these bans should go a long way to emphasising how seriously we take such matters."

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