Date:Tuesday September 12 2006
The F.A have banned Ben Thatcher for eight matches of which he has served two of. He can consider himself lucky that the punishment wasn`t harsher.
'At an Independent Disciplinary Commission hearing, Manchester City's Ben Thatcher was suspended for eight matches starting on Saturday August 26, with an additional suspended ban of 15 matches,' said an FA statement.
'The suspended sanction may be activated in full or in part if Thatcher is found guilty of another serious proved case under FA Rules within the next two years.'
The player refused to comment but his barrister spoke on the players behalf;
'Mr Thatcher deeply regrets the incident,' said Thatcher's barrister Rupert Bowers.
'He accepted the punishment from his club; and that penalty has been increased by the FA.
'Mr Thatcher similarly accepts the FA's decision without question. Today he again expresses his apologies to all concerned; he now wishes to serve his suspension, put the incident behind him and continue with his career.'
Most football fans realise that Thatcher`s real punishment will occur when City visit Portsmouth, February 10th by the way!
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