Barnsley FC defender Liam Kitching has been suspended for three games by The Football Association.
Kitching was judged to have committed an act of violent conduct during the second half of Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Birmingham City.
The Football Association statement reads:
“Liam Kitching will be unavailable for Barnsley FC’s next three fixtures following behaviour during the 77th minute of their EFL Championship game against Birmingham City FC on Saturday [28/08/21] that constitutes violent conduct.
“The defender’s behaviour was not seen by the match officials at the time but it was caught on camera and he was subsequently charged by The FA with a breach of FA Rule E1.1. Liam Kitching admitted the charge but also submitted a claim that the automatic penalty was ‘clearly excessive’.
“His claim was dismissed and the standard three-match suspension imposed by an independent Regulatory Commission during a hearing.”
Kitching will now miss Barnsley’s Sky Bet Championship fixtures against AFC Bournemouth (11 September), Stoke City (15 September) and Blackburn Rovers (18 September).
He could return at Bloomfield Road, when the Reds travel to Blackpool in the Sky Bet Championship on 25 September.