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Leyton Orient star suspended following Argyle ballboy push

The FA have released the following statement:

"Leyton Orient’s Liam Kelly has been suspended for six matches with immediate effect following the game at Plymouth Argyle on February 14 2017.

It was alleged he committed an act of violent conduct in the 86th minute which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video, contrary to FA Rule E3.

Furthermore, The FA claimed that the standard punishment for the offence would be clearly insufficient.

The player denied both the charge and the claim, however, following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Friday evening [February 17 2017], the case in respect of the charge of violent conduct was found proven.

Furthermore, the Regulatory Commission considered the standard penalty to be insufficient and ordered he serve an additional three match suspension, resulting in six matches in total."

Footage shows Leyton Orient player push Argyle ballboy

The video, from PAFC TV, shows the moment a ballboy was shoved to the ground by the captain of a professional football team.

The Football Association published the following statement regarding the issue:

"Leyton Orient’s Liam Kelly has been charged by The FA following the game at Plymouth Argyle on 14 February 2017.

It is alleged he committed an act of violent conduct in the 86th minute which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video, contrary to Rule E3.

Furthermore, The FA has submitted a claim that the standard punishment for this alleged offence would be clearly insufficient.

The player has until 6pm on 17 February 2017 to respond to the charge."

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Final day at Cheltenham Festival already sold out

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The final day of the Cheltenham Festival which will see the winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup crowned has already sold out.

The final Friday of the festival - which this year falls on March 17 - sold out two weeks earlier than last year, with badge and ticket sales very strong.

Ian Renton, Regional Director of The Jockey Club, said: "All three enclosures on Gold Cup Day are sold out and this has happened significantly earlier than in 2016.

"We have seen strong demand for badges and tickets across all four days of The Festival, not just Gold Cup Day, and look forward to welcoming racegoers in March."

Plymouth Argyle ballboy 'shoved' during match against Leyton Orient

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Plymouth Argyle have issued this statement following their 3-2 loss to Leyton Orient:

"During Tuesday night's match against Leyton Orient......one of our ballboys was shoved to the ground by Orient captain Liam Kelly.

We have reviewed videos of the incident and we regard any physical or oral assault against our ballboys, or any representative of Argyle, to be utterly unacceptable.

We have reported the incident to the FA for them to take the appropriate action.

We are glad to say that the ballboy, although shocked by the incident, is otherwise okay and we thank the Green Army, on his behalf, for their concerns."

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