Portadown defender Chris Casement has received messages of support from rival players and team-mates following last night’s decision by the Irish Football Association disciplinary committee to impose a six-game ban that will include the Irish Cup final.
The suspension - which is set to start on Monday - was issued following a special hearing relating to an incident in Portadown’s Danske Bank Premiership draw with Dungannon Swifts on March 14.
It is understood that Portadown presented video and verbal evidence to support Casement’s innocence against the charge of a headbutt on Dungannon’s Terry Fitzpatrick. Reports indicate Fitzpatrick presented a testimony in support of Casement.
Submissions at the hearing also arrived from IFA Elite Performance Director Jim Magilton and referee Raymond Crangle.
Portadown team-mates including Garry Breen, Mark McAllister, Robert Garrett, Chris Ramsey and Darren Murray took to social media in support of Casement, along with fans.
Crusaders’ Emmet Friars and Matthew Tipton from Ballymena United also offered backing to Casement - plus members of the media.
The 27-year-old defender’s season will effectively end this weekend after Portadown visit Glenavon for a crucial derby in the race to secure European qualification.
Portadown have a four-day period in which to lodge an appeal against the decision.