A MOTHERWELL diehard who watched his side’s Scottish Cup bid end in failure on Saturday is also reeling from a ONE-YEAR playing ban.
Barry McKnight (33), captain of Motherwell fans’ side Fir Park Corner, was sent off during an Internet Football Association league match with Kaisayr and then appeared to headbutt an opponent as he left the pitch.
The Ayr United fans’ team posted highlights of the match, which Fir Park Corner won 2-1, on Youtube.
While McKnight seems to move his head towards a Kaisayr player who appears to have run 40 or 50 yards to remonstrate with him, it is impossible to tell whether any contact was made.
However, the ‘evidence’ was enough for the IFA committee to hand out the lengthy ban which Fir Park Corner have appealed and requested be reduced to four matches.
A spokesman for Fir Park Corner said: “Barry has our unswerving loyalty and respect and we believe the ban handed to him is disproportionate, vindictive and contrary to the IFA’s own ethos of fair play and even standards.
“Our fine club season has been marred by one incident, which we believe has been handled wrongly by both the opposition team manager and the IFA league committee.”
Fir Park Corner are the current British and Scottish IFA champions and are due to collect their silverware at a tournament in Leeds this summer.
However, the team warn if the ban is upheld they will refuse to play and will withdraw from next season’s British Cup.
IFA committee member John Boocock said: “The decision to ban the player was taken in accordance with our rules and alongside the reports and video evidence presented.”
Full story in May 26 edition of Motherwell Times