Lengthy ban for Nicholls

24 March 2009 01:01
The Football Association has handed Luton Town midfielder Kevin Nicholls a five-match suspension after the 30-year-old admitted a charge of improper conduct. The charge related to Nicholls' behaviour immediately after the final whistle in January's tempestuous 3-3 draw against Bradford City. Nicholls, who can appeal against the decision, was also fined £1,000 and warned as to his future conduct. The chairman of the regulatory commission told the FA's official website: "Whilst recognising the difficult position the club has faced during the season, as a professional footballer and indeed club captain, Mr Nicholls should have been aware of the consequences of his actions and that his actions jeopardised the safety not only of the match officials but in this case by provoking the fans in what was already a volatile situation jeopardised the safety of the general public. "The regulatory commission had the benefit of taking all appropriate information in to consideration, including those of the senior police officer in attendance and felt that the behaviour of Mr Nicholls on this day fell way below of that expected of a professional footballer."

Source: ESA