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Thatcher hit with further ban

A little late posting up on this one, but Ben Thatcher copped an additional ban from the FA yesterday, increasing his time on the sidelines already handed down by the club.

The clubs initial six game suspension (two of which were suspended) was increased in length to a total of eight games but the £80,000 fine was deemed sufficient financial penalty at least.

I think an eight game suspension in total (Thatcher could also face further penalty if he transgresses again in the future) is about right in this instance. Clearly Thatcher deserved a lengthy punishment and the four game ban handed down the club was not severe enough for the FA (as I predicted previously) but to be out for just under a quarter of the season is surely harsh enough to even placate those calling for Thatcher's head?

Or maybe not.