Leyton Orient have suffered a huge blow amid their Sky Bet League Two relegation battle as influential midfielder Liam Kelly has been handed a lengthy ban.
Leyton Orient’s official website confirmed that Liam Kelly is to serve a six match suspension for a push on a ball boy during the clash with Plymouth Argyle last weekend.
The once-capped Scotland international pushed a 17-year-old ball boy during Leyton Orient’s dramatic 3-2 victory over Plymouth at Home Park.
The incident occurred when Orient trailed 2-1 and Kelly was believed to be frustrated with the ball boy’s time wasting.
The 27-year-old, who joined in the summer from Oldham, was initially handed a three match suspension.
The O’s appealed this punishment, citing similar cases such as Matt Ritchie in 2012 and Eden Hazard in 2013.
However, the FA extended the ban by a further three matches after an unsuccessful appeal.
This took the total up to six matches – more than Jonjo Shelvey’s five game ban for racially abusing Romain Saiss.
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