Lydd Town footballer Ryan Smith is suspended after incident in derby against Ashford United
Lydd Town defender Ryan Smith has been
suspended pending a Kent FA disciplinary commission following an
incident during the Kent Invicta League derby against Ashford
United at Homelands.
The county took action after Ashford
forwarded photographs which appear to show Smith’s studs landing on
home player Ollie Finch, leaving him with a badly cut face during
the Boxing Day clash.
The pictures also appeared on The Sun
website last week.
The incident was missed by the match
referee who sent off Ashford’s Liam Whiting and booked five players
in the game which the home side won 7-2.
Finch managed to play on but was taken
off soon afterwards.
Ashford chairman Ernie Warren
said: “We were forwarded the pictures and the club took the
decision (to send them to the Kent FA) because we were shocked by
what we saw.”
Lydd secretary Bruce Marchant added: “We
are disappointed by Ashford’s actions and Ryan will be seeking a
“Ashford video their games and we have
requested a copy for us to view.
“We were notified at the weekend about his
suspension and responded on Monday.”
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