Football: Nine-month ban for ex-United trainee

Defender Karl Colley

Defender Karl Colley

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Former Sheffield United trainee Karl Colley has been suspended until October 1 after his infamous confrontation with a fan last month.

The defender was dubbed ‘Goole’s Cantona’ when he entered the stand and tried to punch a Coalville Town supporter on three separate occasions after being sent off. Ex-Blades midfielder Curtis Woodhouse described the incident as “deplorable”.

Evo-Stik South side Goole sacked Colley straight after the game and the Football Association charged him with improper conduct.

An FA statement read: “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Karl Colley has been suspended from all football and football activity with immediate effect until 1 October 2014.

“The former Goole AFC player admitted an FA improper conduct charge in relation to behavior which followed his dismissal in the 54th minute of the game against Coalville Town on 25 January 2014, which fell outside the jurisdiction of the match officials.

“Colley was also fined £150.”

The incident happened 19 years to the day after Cantona’s kung-fu kick at a Crystal Palace fan, an incident which earned the Frenchman an eight-month suspension.