Moore ban rocks Rams

13 April 2007 02:53
Derby County's promotion bid has suffered a blow with the news that Darren Moore has been ruled out of their remaining four Championship matches through suspension. Moore, 32, was found guilty of violent conduct by a Football Association disciplinary commission following a clash with Leicester City's Danny Tiatto in a Championship match on Friday April 6. The incident was not spotted by match official Howard Webb, who later confirmed he would have sent off both players after reviewing video footage. The four-match ban effectively ends Moore's season unless the second-placed Rams miss out on automatic promotion and are forced to attempt to win promotion through the play-offs. After the match, Derby boss Billy Davies leapt to the defence of his veteran defender, saying: "I think Darren has caught their player. He's tried to get away from him, but I certainly don't see that he's intentionally gone out to raise his elbow or arm into the player's head. "It's a strange one because of what I've seen and because of the player we're talking about."

Source: ESA