Ban relief for Gillespie

09 February 2007 08:00
Sheffield United winger Keith Gillespie will serve a four-match suspension after admitting an FA charge of violent conduct relating to his sending-off against Reading. Gillespie was ordered off seconds after coming on as a substitute in the 3-1 defeat at the Madejski Stadium on January 20, having aimed an elbow at Royals midfielder Stephen Hunt. He then clashed again with Hunt after being shown a straight red card by referee Mark Halsey. Gillespie had earlier said of the incident: "For the sending-off, it was a case of catching him with an outstretched arm, rather than banging him in the face with an elbow. "I was very unhappy with his reaction. He thought about staying on his feet, then went down in slow motion and that hardly helped my case. "What happened after that really brought the red mist down. I saw him smiling and laughing at me getting a red card and I was so angry I pushed him in the face."

Source: ESA