An English lower-league player has been banned for 10 matches and fined by the Football Association following allegations that he bit an opponent during a game.
Torquay United's Joss Labadie, who scored the winning goal for the fourth-tier side against Rochdale on Tuesday night, was involved in an alleged biting incident involving Chesterfield's Ollie Banks in their League Two meeting on Feb. 15.
The FA said in a statement released on Wednesday that Labadie was found to be guilty of the charge at a hearing of an independent panel. Labadie had denied the charge.
Chesterfield declined to comment at the time of the incident, but Banks made the allegations via his Twitter account after the match.
On another note, I can't believe another human has taken a chunk out of my ribs in a football game! Disgusting! pic.twitter.com/D8GHtRGoTu— Ollie Banks (@obanks_14) February 15, 2014
You poor excuse of a person— Ollie Banks (@obanks_14) February 15, 2014
"Torquay United can confirm we have received notification of the verdict from the FA on Joss Labadie's misconduct charge," the club said in a statement, adding that they "will now consider our options before deciding whether to appeal."
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was banned by the FA for 10 matches in April last year for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during a Premier League game.