Ten-match ban handed down after James McClean abuse

Huge suspension handed down for sectarian abuse
Huge suspension handed down for sectarian abuse

Rotherham defender Kirk Broadfoot has been banned for 10 matches after a misconduct charge against him was found proven by the Football Association.

The incident occurred during a Championship clash between the Millers and Wigan on March 14 of this year, with supporters apparently hearing Braodfoot bark abuse at McClean.

His ban is a record for verbal abuse in English football, beating the eight games handed to Luis Suarez when he was found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra in December 2011.

An Independent Regulatory Commision hearing deemed the Scot had "used abusive/and or insulting words towards a member of the opposition, in breach of FA Rule E3(1)."

An FA statement added: "It was further alleged that the breach was an 'Aggravated Breach' as defined by Rule E3(2)."

Broadfoot, 30, was also fined £7,500 and ordered to complete an education programme.

It is reported that the incident involved James McClean (above), with Broadfoot unhappy at the award of a free-kick which he felt the Republic of Ireland international had dived to win.

Wigan scored from the resulting free-kick, and after that game Broadfoot told the Sheffield Star: "He's cheating. That is cheating. I am nowhere near him and he's diving."

McClean hit the headlines again last weekend as he bowed his head during a playing of God Save the Queen prior to a match for his new club West Bromwich Albion.