Leverington Sports footballer Darren Rawthorn has been suspended sine die by the Cambridgeshire Football Association disciplinary committee after spitting at a referee.
The incident happened after Rawthorn had been shown a red card for head to head contact with an Oakham United player in a Peterborough Premier Division game on December 3. The 27-year-old was also handed a four-game ban for the red card.
Peterborough League spokesman Keith Sharp said: “Quite frankly we don’t want players like that playing in this league.
“As an ex-referee and current league board member I find it utterly despicable.
“We all know that people can lose their tempers and lash out, but spitting is an absolute no-no.”
Leverington manager Stuart Webb claimed: “Darren was sent off and then spat at the ground not at the official. We have several witnesses who will back this up so we launched an immediate appeal.
“He would not have spat at a referee and we have to fight it.”
Rawthorn has also been fined a total of £65 by the Cambs FA for the head-to-head contact offence and racking up five bookings so far this season.
Former England boxer Eli Frankham (18) must serve a six-match ban in the New Year after using insulting and threatening behaviour towards a referee while playing for Coldham United against Stretham Hotspur.
He quit boxing last year and has already served a lengthy ban for a previous soccer incident and the FA took into account the player’s previous record.
Leverington’s Mathew Collins received a three-match ban for violent conduct in a game against FC Internazionale and the club’s James Woods is banned for two games for offensive behaviour towards a match official.
A Chatteris Town Youth manager Matthew Bailey has been warned to his future conduct after insulting behaviour towards a referee.
March Rangers’ David Blacke and Wisbech St Mary’s Scott Benton both picked up three-match bans for serious foul play.