LEE Ashcroft’s 10-match stadium ban was upheld by an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Tuesday after the Northwich Victoria manager was charged with using abusive and/or insulting words towards former Gresley coach Hannah Dingley (pictured).
Ashcroft’s initial £1,200 fine from the FA has been reduced to £800 following his appeal, but he has also been ordered to complete an appropriate education programme within four months.
The former West Bromwich Albion forward has notified the FA of his wish to appeal the decision again, with the sanctions now pending the outcome of any fresh hearing.
The charge was that during a match between Northwich and the Moatmen on January 12, Ashcroft used language which included a reference to Dingley’s gender within the meaning of FA Rule E3(2).
Ashcroft denied the charge, but was found guilty at Tuesday’s personal hearing by the Independent Regulatory Commission.
In May, when the initial ban and fine were imposed, Dingley said: “I think the punishment represents the severity of what he did.
“The level of abuse I received was extreme and I don’t think that sort of language is appropriate under any circumstances.
“I hope this will help anyone who’s the focus of any form of discrimination, whether it be based on gender, race, religion or whatever.”