Barnsley have confirmed that midfielder Cameron McGeehan has been handed a three-match ban for violent conduct by the FA.
The 23-year-old is alleged to have stamped on a Southend United player in the Tykes’ recent clash with the Essex club. McGeehan will now miss the visits of Accrington Stanley and Sunderland to Oakwell, and the Yorkshire club’s short trip to Doncaster Rovers.
Barnsley have expressed their disappointment with the decision from the governing body and have made public the argument that they made against the ban.
The statement read: “There was no complaint from the opposition players, staff or the officials at the time despite it being in front of both dugouts. An apology was then instantly offered and accepted from each player involved.”
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However, the club failed to fend off any punishment, and Daniel Stendel must now find a way to cope without the Northern Irishman. The loss of McGeehan is such a big blow as he has been in fine form recently, and actually scored against the Shrimpers in the game in question.
After the announcement of the ban, plenty of Barnsley fans took to Twitter to make their views on the matter clear…
The @FA are corrupt
— Geoff Bailey (@Geoffthetyke) 8 March 2019
A total and utter joke from the @FA.
A few things worse last weekend which haven’t been punished.
— Doddy (@doddytyke) 8 March 2019
Pathetic decision. But then again, this is the @EFL we’re talking about.
— Curtis Ledger (@Riffman117) 8 March 2019
That is a utter joke and unfair that challenge wouldnt have been noticed without tv cameras there and how many league 1 teams get a bloody sky
— andy morris (@andythetyke) 8 March 2019
Remember Cam only got in the team cos Kenny was taken out at Shrewsbury. We’ll be fine
— Paul Heggie (@rebwag) 8 March 2019
Not sure if there’s an appeal system but this decision is outrages and shows the FA would rather Sunderland go up than Barnsley. Can’t remember who but a high profile player just got cleared of a similar incident.
— fred isles (@FredOakboy) 8 March 2019
Right, you just know our lads and fans are really fired up about this so let’s get behind them more than ever now.
— Margaret Lambert (@_mags) 8 March 2019
As good as Cam is, he’s only one player. Our season isn’t over. We’re going up. Let’s be positive and get behind the club and the players. Come on you Reds! #COYR
— Tom Redfern (@The_Redders) 8 March 2019