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Colts are slapped down with a lifetime ban

ALL 22 players from Hall Green Colts can no longer register with a Midland football club after a lifetime ban was slapped on them.

ALL 22 players from Hall Green Colts can no longer register with a Midland football club after a lifetime ban was slapped on them.

The Coronation League side have been punished by Birmingham County FA after one of their players spat in a referee's face last season.

But because the player has not been named, the strict ban affects the whole team until his identity becomes clear.

The incident occurred in March, towards the back end of last season, when Hall Green lined up against local rivals Coldlands.

The accused player was sent off for being abusive to the referee and immediately left the pitch, as ordered. However he then returned and allegedly spat in the referee's face.

As no match report was submitted, the FA could not directly identify him and the plot thickened as the club also failed to name the player.

One former player said all he knew about the accused was that he was called Lee, and had a tattoo on his neck which read 'PAIN'.

It has been claimed the offending player was not registered with the club and that he only appeared for a one-off game.

Mike Pennick, Birmingham County FA secretary, revealed that they are 'clamping down' on this sort of behaviour.

"We are not going to back down until we find this guy but nobody involved is prepared to name the person.

"It doesn't matter what offence it is, the team has a duty to name the player involved."

The organisation has made it clear that the ban will remain in place unless the player is named.

 

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