Lowry blow as FA extend red-card punishment

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SHANE Lowry will miss tomorrow’s match at Portsmouth after the Football Association opted to ban him for an extra game following a review of events surrounding the defender’s red card at Scunthorpe.

Lowry had been expected to return to action against Steve Cotterill’s side but, ignoring United’s pleas for clemency, the governing body yesterday extended his suspension. The Australian’s absence presents manager Micky Adams with an unexpected headache as he attempts to steer the South Yorkshire club towards npower Championship safety.

“We’d hoped the FA would show some sympathy given the situation we’re in,” said Adams. “We wrote them a nice letter but it didn’t do any good.

“When Shane left the field he kicked the dug-out after a little bit of goading from their staff. He’s young and I suppose it’s a lesson for him.”

United, who are 23rd in the table, yesterday announced they have frozen season-ticket prices for the next two campaigns. They have also extended their easy-payment plan - enabling the cost to be spread over 10 months – and raised the concessionary age to 16.

The offer is open to all supporters but those who have previously allowed season tickets to lapse or who are purchasing for the first time will not be able to name their preferred seats until after April 17’s deadline for renewals. United have also announced they are calling a halt to ‘flexi’ and ‘mini’ season pass promotions to prevent those who invest up front from being “compromised.”

Other benefits include 200 bonus loyalty points.