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Crawley defender, Paul Connolly, today discovered that he faces the possibility of a lengthy ban if found guilty of violent conduct charges after lashing out at a Brentford fan when provoked near the end of Tuesday night’s match at Griffin Park.

The FA have explained that the standard punishment of a three-match suspension “would be clearly insufficient given the nature of the offence”, hinting that a more significant ban is being considered.

There has been no news from Brentford Football Club regarding action being taken against the supporter involved, who has been made infamous by Sky Sports News over the past few days after throwing the ball at the Crawley defender. The duo are then seen to confront each other at close quarters.

However, the video footage clearly shows the footballer strike the fan, so it should not take long for the hearing to reach its verdict.

Dave Lane