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McGeady: It's as if I killed someone

AIDEN McGEADY says he's in shock at the severity of the six-game ban handed down to him by the Russian FA for his sending-off in a league game last weekend.

McGeady's season with Spartak is over on the back of what happened in a league game last week away to Mordovia Saransk. An early goal from McGeady had given Spartak a 1-0 lead but the Irishman was shown a straight red card for a foul late in the first half, and there was worse to come as McGeady gestured at the home fans who were taunting him and was then accused of smashing a door in the dressing-room as he vented his frustration.

The home club have made an official complaint over the damage to the door and that matter has yet to be resolved.

But the Russian FA came down hard on McGeady, issuing him with a four-game suspension for the foul with two games added on for his "gesture" at the supporters, as well as a €3,000 fine. "I am in shock, it's hard to believe but I have been banned for six games," McGeady said. "I admit that my challenge in the game was stupid. But six games! It's as if I killed somebody. That is shocking.

McGeady will miss the final two games of what has been a disappointing domestic season.

Spartak have no chance of Champions League qualification and, as they have slipped to fifth place in the league, could even miss out on the Europa League.