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Player suspended after Argyle ball boy 'shoved to ground' during match

A football player has been suspended for six matches after it was found he shoved a Plymouth Argyle ball boy to the ground.

The incident happened during Plymouth's League Two defeat to Leyton Orient at Home Park.

In footage recorded during the match, visiting captain Liam Kelly was seen to have pushed the teenage ball boy to the ground.

You can see Liam Kelly appear to push the ball boy behind the goal Credit: PAFCTV

After the footage emerged, Argyle reported the incident to the FA - and Kelly was charged with violent conduct.

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.

– Plymouth Argyle
The incident was caught on camera Credit: PAFCTV

Kelly denied the charge at an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Friday (17 Feb) but the panel found the charge of proven conduct had been proven against him.

He has now been suspended from playing for six matches - three more than would usually be given.

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

The player denied both the charge and the claim, however, following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Friday evening [17 February 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.

– Football Association spokesperson
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