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Brentford’s McCormack gets five-game ban for abusing female official

Alan McCormack

Alan McCormack has featured for Brentford four times this season

Brentford’s Alan McCormack has been given a five-match ban and fined £6,000 after using abusive language towards a female match official.

An independent commission found the 32-year-old midfielder had committed an “aggravated breach” of FA rules during the 2-1 win over Cardiff on 19 April.

Lisa Rashid was an assistant referee and men involved in the match overheard the comments and complained.

McCormack, who denied the charge, must also attend an educational course.

He will be eligible to play again on Saturday, 3 December against Norwich.

The west London club said they acknowledged the FA’s decision but would not comment further until they had received the written reasons for the verdict.

Former Southend and Swindon player McCormack has made 96 appearances since joining the Bees in 2013.

Women in Football, a network of professional women who work in the game, said: “Women in Football are pleased that men associated with the game complained about McCormack’s insulting language to a female official.

“We also thank the FA for taking the complaint seriously and that the player concerned has now been handed an appropriate sanction.”