Walden see red over Green ban

PUBLISHED: 08:16 31 March 2011

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THE Bloods have been dealt a bitter blow this week after the FA announced a potential sixth month ban for striker Brad Green after he allegedly kicked a ball at a referee.

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THE Bloods have been dealt a bitter blow this week after the FA announced a potential sixth month ban for striker Brad Green after he allegedly kicked a ball at a referee.

Green was sent off on March 11 during a 3-0 home defeat against Diss Town after kicking the ball back to a spot were an offside had been given. The ball struck the referee on the leg.

Crowd bemusement, an automatic three-match suspension, and a £30 fine followed for violent conduct – but now the FA are looking into the more serious charge of common assault on a match official – carrying with it a possible £300 fine and six-month ban.

Walden’s assistant manager John Butchart is angry and has said the club will be appealing against the decision because they felt that Green had done “nothing wrong.”

He said: “If this goes through we may think of pulling the football club out altogether. If the FA get their way, we could lose a player and also have to fork out £300, it is a joke – if football is coming to this then why bother.

“People at this club spend a lot of time getting money in, including holding functions such as a funeral the other day. If it just goes again like this what chance do we have? We are not a dirty team, anybody will tell you that, but we are being punished as one.”

The FA refused to comment on the individual case and a spokesman added: “We do not comment until all the disciplinary procedures have taken place.”

It wasn’t all bad news this week though, as on the pitch The Bloods put in one of their best performances of the season to grab a 2-2 draw at Whitton United.

Despite having six first team regulars missing, including Green, the visitors rallied from 2-1 down to earn a point. Spike Bell opened the scoring in the first half and, after a stern word in his ear from Butchart, Ross Laird bagged the equaliser with 28 minutes remaining.

The result was hailed by some of the travelling fans as one of the best of the season, considering United were on a 19-game unbeaten run and are fourth in the league and looking good for the second promotion spot.

The result followed a drab and disappointing 1-0 defeat at home to bitter rivals Godmanchester Rovers on Wednesday night which ruled Walden out of a promotion chase for this season.

Next: Walden travel to second placed Cambridge University Press on Saturday. Kick off 3pm.

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