Sunday 30 April 2017

Turner receives three-game ban

CONOR McGEE

Shamrock Rovers midfielder Chris Turner has been handed a three-game ban by the FAI.

Turner was found guilty of offensive behaviour towards Derry City striker Eamon Zayed in a fixture last month, when the Libyan international scored the equaliser in a 1-1 draw.

However, an Independent Disciplinary Committee did not find evidence that the abuse was of a racist nature, as had originally been alleged.

A second charge, against Rovers fans at the game, was dismissed after the committee found "no corroborative evidence in relation to the complaint."

Fellow Premier Division side St Patrick's Athletic were also investigated, and received a €200 fine after "racist comments" were directed at Zayed by a "small number of supporters", four days prior to the Turner incident at Tallaght Stadium on June 10.

However, the Committee also commended the management at the club for dealing with the supporters in question in "a very proactive manner".

The committee's findings were delayed until yesterday due to Friday evening's crucial league clash between Derry City and Shamrock Rovers at the Brandywell, which the home side won 1-0 to close the gap with leaders Sligo Rovers to two points.

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