Rotherham United's Kirk Broadfoot has been banned for 10 matches by the Football Association after he was found guilty of misconduct against Wigan’s James McLean.
It is believed the defender received the ban for sectarian verbal abuse of McClean in a March league fixture brtween the two teams.
The English Football Association confirmed that "The charge was that during a league fixture between Rotherham and Wigan Athletic on 14 March 2015 Broadfoot used abusive and/or insulting words towards a member of the opposition, in breach of FA Rule E3(1). It was further alleged that the breach was an 'aggravated breach' as defined by Rule E3(2). Broadfoot was also fined £7,500 and ordered to complete an education programme."
It is the longest ban to have been handed out by the governing body for verbal abuse.
Show Racism the Red Card welcome the response of the Football Association. Sectarian verbal abuse must be treated seriously and cannot be tolerated. The longevity of the ban reflects the seriousness this incidence has been treated with. Show Racism the Red Card believe that education is the key to tackling prejudice and discrimination in the long-term and are glad that Mr Broadfoot has been given the opportunity to take responsibility for his action through an education programme.