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Smith banned for two matches

Leeds United striker Alan Smith has been banned for two matches after being found guilty by the Football Association of improper conduct.
The charge followed an incident in Leeds' Carling Cup defeat by Manchester United when the England striker threw a bottle into the Elland Road crowd.

Smith was seen picking up a plastic bottle which landed on the pitch late in extra time of Leeds' 3-2 third-round exit and threw it back into the stands.

It hit the sister of one of his best friends and although no complaint was made against Smith by the girl or her family, the matter was still pursued by the police.

Smith was arrested and questioned by the police who were later advised by the Crown Prosecution Service not to charge the England international with any criminal offence.

But Smith's arrest caused a furore as it came just after he had been selected for the England squad to face Denmark in a friendly international at Old Trafford in November.

Smith was immediately dropped from the squad once the FA learned of his arrest, in line with its policy not to select players for the national team who are under police investigation.

It led to England captain David Beckham demanding the FA revise their disciplinary procedures, which are now under review.

Smith has 14 days to appeal against his two-match ban.

On top of that Smith picked up his ninth yellow card of the season in the FA Cup third-round defeat at home to Arsenal at the weekend, and one more will see him hit with an automatic two-match ban.

The one piece of good news for Smith is that he will face no FA action following a tunnel fracas with Edu at Elland Road as referee Rob Styles did not include it in his report.

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Too harsh decision IMO.And why it always takes so long in England to decide these bans?
 

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Club Express Disappointment Over Smith Ban

Leeds United are disappointed with the two match ban handed out to Alan Smith by the FA after the striker was found guilty of improper conduct.

The ban relates to charges brought about following an incident in the Carling Cup game with Manchester United in October when he threw an empty plastic bottle back into the crowd.

A statement from the club read:

"The Club are disappointed, as is Alan. Leeds United feel the player has been very harshly treated over the whole matter."

The FA confirmed Smith would miss the Middlesbrough and Aston Villa games when his suspension commences on 26 January.

A short statement from them read:
"Smith had admitted a charge of improper conduct (breach of FA Rule E1) in relation to an incident during the home match against Manchester United in the Carling Cup on 28 October in which Smith threw an object into the crowd."

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ridiculously harsh ban :(

what Smith done was just a silly mistake and in no way malicious,i hate the lairy bastard but in this case he has been punished unfairly.
 
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