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Gills handed FA fine after player brawl

Gillingham and Brentford players confront each other at Priestfield
Gillingham and Brentford players confront each other at Priestfield

The Football Association have handed Gillingham a £1,500 fine and warned them as to their future conduct following a player brawl in the match against Brentford.

Both clubs were found guilty of failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

Players from both sides squared up midway through the second half of the League 2 match at Priestfield on December 20.

Brentford striker Nathan Elder was shown a red card by referee Oliver Langford for his part in the skirmish and a later complaint by Brentford boss Andy Scott to the FA led to Gillingham’s Garry Richards being handed a three-match ban.

Gillingham denied the charge and assistant manager Scott Barrett attended a personal hearing in front of the FA on February 26th.

The charge was proved and the Gills were given the fine, a warning and must pay costs of the hearing. Brentford admitted the charges and were hit with a £3,500 fine.

The two teams meet again in League 2 on Saturday, March 28 at Griffin Park.

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