PNE defender Darnell Fisher in 'violent conduct' ban after grabbing Callum Patterson's genitals
The Preston defedner who was captured on camera grabbing Sheffield Wednesday’s Callum Paterson by the genitals has been given a three-game ban for ‘violent conduct’.
The incident happened in last week’s match at Deepdale but wasn’t seen by the referee. A video was distributed on social media, however, drawing to it the attention of the authorities.
In their defence of defender Darnell Fisher, Preston pointed to previous similar incident which went unpunised, however an independent FA Commission ruled a three-game ban should be placed on the player.
A statement on Preston’s website read: “After being given until Wednesday at 6pm to respond to the charge, the club and player provided evidence to The FA of many previous occurrences within the game where no charge had been brought and an analysis of the violent conduct description within the Laws of the Game.
“The three-man panel, however, decided the charge was proven and the player will now miss the games against Watford, AFC Bournemouth and Wycombe Wanderers.
“As part of the club’s submission, it also explained that it had dealt with the matter internally, including making it absolutely clear to the player that he had a responsibility to the public perception of the game and to his club and that a repeat of the incident would not be tolerated.”