O’hara in 8-match abuse ban

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - SPORT - BY CHRIS BEECH

FALKIRK striker Kevin O’hara has been hit with a mas­sive eight-game ban for abus­ing Dun­fermline’s North­ern Ir­ish star Dean Shiels over his miss­ing eye.

The 19-year-old yes­ter­day ap­peared be­fore an SFA dis­ci­plinary tri­bunal at Ham­p­den charged with ex­ces­sive mis­con­duct in an ill-tem­pered clash be­tween the clubs in the Irn-bru Cup last month.

O’hara at­tended the hear­ing in per­son, with Falkirk chair­man Mar­garet Lang, a lawyer, and tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Alex Smith, who was in­terim man­ager for the game in ques­tion.

The teenager ac­cepted the charge but Falkirk may de­cide to ap­peal the sever­ity of the sus­pen­sion and have asked for the judg­ment in writ­ing to con­sider their next step.

Team-mate Joe Mckee faces the same al­le­ga­tions and will have his case heard on Thurs­day when it is thought he will con­test the case against him.

A Falkirk spokesman said: “The club have now re­quested the writ­ten rea­sons for the de­ci­sion. No fur­ther com­ment will be made at this time.”

CLASH Dean Shiels (left) and Falkirk’s Kevin O’hara

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