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Footballer banned for sectarian abuse of McClean

Former Rangers defender Kirk Broadfoot has received a ten match ban for sectarian abuse of James McClean during a match in March
John Monaghan

A FORMER Rangers defender has received a 10 game ban for launching a tirade of sectarian abuse at Republic of Ireland winger James McClean during an English Championship match last year.

Kirk Broadfoot, who plays for Rotherham, will have to sit out the opening 10 matches of the season for his club, after he was found guilty of an FA misconduct charge.

He has also been fined £7,500 and ordered to attend a "education programme".

The ban handed down to Broadfoot is two games longer than the suspension served by Liverpool striker Luis Suarez for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra in 2011.

The incident took place on March 14 when Rotherham faced Wigan in a Championship match, although the exact nature of the offending comments are unclear as a confidentiality agreement was signed prohibiting anyone involved in the case from commenting on it.

Broadfoot is understood to have been raised in a Protestant family in Ayrshire in Scotland and formerly played for Glasgow Rangers.

Last weekend, Derry-born McClean, who now plays for Premier League side West Bromwich Albion, found himself embroiled in fresh controversy after turning his back as God Save The Queen was played during a friendly game in the US.

In 2012 McClean chose not to wear a poppy during a Premier League match for Sunderland, maintaining his stance when he moved to Wigan a year later.

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