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Bournemouth defender Francis loses red card appeal

Francis was dismissed by Michael Oliver. Credit: PA

Bournemouth's Simon Francis will serve a three game ban after losing his wrongful dismissal appeal with the FA.

The full-back was sent off ten minutes from time in Tuesday's Premier League match against Arsenal after lunging at midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

While Francis did not catch Ramsey with his feet, the scissor-kick motion he lunged with was deemed worthy of serious foul play by referee Michael Oliver.

Francis will miss this weekend's FA Cup clash with Millwall, as well as Bournemouth's league meetings with Hull City and Watford.

  1. Anglia

Hitchin Town sack player who sent vile tweets to Prem star

Hitchin Town FC in Hertfordshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Hitchin Town have confirmed they have sacked one of their players after he sent a series of abusive tweets to Premier League star Harry Arter mocking the death of his baby daughter.

Alfie Barker posted the tweets during the 3-3 draw between Bournemouth and Arsenal last night.

The match saw Bournemouth throw away a 3-0 lead, which prompted Barker to write a message to Arter saying: "at least you didn't lose your kid."

Barker has recently been on loan at Codicote, but parent club Hitchin have now decided to terminate his registration with immediate effect in light of the comments.

Alfie Barker was registered to play for Hitchin Town in the Southern League and has appeared only briefly for the club in the 2016-17 season. He has been playing at Langford and Codicote on a dual registration basis.

The club adopts a responsible approach to social media and would expect any player connected to Hitchin Town to do likewise.

In the light of the player’s irresponsible and anti-social behaviour, we are terminating Alfie Barker’s registration and relationship with the club with immediate effect.

We would reiterate that Hitchin Town, as a community club with established links with various segments of the public, has been a long-time user of social media channels and expects all club stakeholders to use them appropriately.

– Hitchin Town statement

Loan club Codicote have also ended any association with the player.

"We would like to make it clear that Codicote FC cannot and will not tolerate this behaviour; we have a responsibility to our community, supporters and the Football family to stamp this behaviour out," they said in a statement.


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Brighton v Cardiff called off because of heavy fog

The match day officials decided the fog was too heavy. Credit: Reuters

Brighton's Championship fixture against Cardiff has been called off because of heavy fog at the Amex Stadium.

Match officials carried out an inspection at 5.15pm and another at 5.45pm before consulting with both clubs, and deciding that visibility was not good enough for the game to go ahead.

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