Apr 8, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Griffin Park
Brentford
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Crawley Town defender Paul Connolly banned for five games

Preston's Paul Connolly in action against Brentford on March 16, 2013
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Crawley Town defender Paul Connolly is banned for five games by the FA following a confrontation with a Brentford fan.

Crawley Town defender Paul Connolly has been banned for five matches by the Football Association following a confrontation with a Brentford fan.

The 30-year-old was charged with violent conduct following the incident, which took place during Crawley's 1-0 defeat at Griffin Park on April 8.

Connolly was not punished at the time by the referee, but the incident was caught on video.

"The FA claimed the standard punishment of a three-match suspension would be clearly insufficient given the nature of the offence," read a statement on the FA's official website.

"Connolly accepted the charge but denied the standard punishment was clearly insufficient.

"However, the Independent Regulatory Commission found in favour of The FA and ordered that Connolly be suspended for five matches, commencing with immediate effect."

Connolly is able to appeal against the five-game suspension.

Preston's Paul Connolly in action against Brentford on March 16, 2013
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