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DIS­GRACED mid­fielder Joss Labadie has been banned from all foot­ball un­til Oc­to­ber, sub­ject to ap­peal, af­ter be­ing found guilty of bit­ing an op­po­nent for the sec­ond time in his ca­reer.

Labadie, who signed a two-year deal with Dag­gers last sum­mer, had been ac­cused of bit­ing the hand of Steve­nage de­fender Ron­nie Henry in the closing stages of their match at the Lamex Sta­dium in March.

The 24-year-old pleaded not guilty at an In­de­pen­dent Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion hear­ing, but has been hit with a six-month ban and £2,000 fine by the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion.

As well as miss­ing the fi­nal weeks of this sea­son and the be­gin­ning of next term, Labadie will be un­able to play in any pre-sea­son friendlies.

A Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge state­ment said:“Both the player and the club are await­ing the writ­ten re­port from the FA hear­ing be­fore de­cid­ing their next steps.” Labadie was banned for ten matches last sea­son while play­ing for Torquay af­ter be­ing found to have bit­ten Ch­ester­field’s Ollie Banks.

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