In The Star we told the story of the Sheffield amateur who has been banned from football for FIVE years. Jordan Turner, a striker at Blades Superdraw League Division One side Handsworth Turf Tavern was given the hefty suspension after receiving a red card, taking the cards off the official and throwing them, with one hitting the man in the middle on the nose.
Turner now finds himself in big name company for picking up the ban, though there are few who have been punished quite so severely.
Here, we look at five more players who have suffered at the hands of disciplinary bodies...
Paolo Di Canio - 11 Matches
We didn’t have to look too far, with the fiery Italian picking up his ban while at Sheffield Wednesday. The forward was brought before the FA when during a game against Arsenal in September 1998 having been shown a red card by Paul Alcock for kicking out at Martin Keown during an on-pitch scuffle, Di Canio pushed the ref, causing something of a comedy fall. Football’s hierarchy didn’t see the funny side and slapped an 11 match ban on the Owls strike. He would never play for them again and signed for West Ham in January 1999.
Eric Cantona - Nine Months
He could have been an Owl, but in the end it was Manchester United who saw the best of the Frenchman’s gallic genius. Like all genii, though, Cantona had his flaws - a bad temper being one of them. So when Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons offered less than encouraging words after the forward was sent off at Selhurst Park in January 1995, Cantona hurdled the advertising hoardings and kung-fu kicked the Eagles supporter. He was sentenced to two weeks in prison (reduced to community service) and banned for nine months. He then made some quip about seagulls and trawlers, scored on his return against Liverpool, won Player of the Year and became a legend at Old Trafford.
Rio Ferdinand - Eight Months
A more complex case this. The Manchester United and England defender was banned for something he didn’t do, rather than something he did. In September 2003 Ferdinand apparently forgot he was to take a drug test at United’s training ground and instead took himself off shopping. It proved to be a costly day out with, despite having taken the test a day later, and passing, an eight-month suspension was slapped on him which ruled the £30M man out of the remainder of the season from January 2004 and forced him to miss that summer’s European Championships.
Luis Suarez - Seven Matches (biting), Eight matches (racism), Four Months (biting...again)
Ah, Luis the man who’s stood in front of more panels than a sheet metal worker. The Uruguayan’s first major misdemeanour came in 2010 while at Ajax, when he sunk his teeth into PSV player Otman Bakkal. The Dutch FA banned him for seven games and it was during that spell that Ajax decided to cash in and off he went to Liverpool. It wouldn’t be long before he would become acquainted with the disciplinary system in England though and in September 2011 he was accused and subsequently banned for eight match for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra. The striker would eventually shake that off and become one of the league’s best talents, though did receive a relatively short three match suspension for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. However it was last summer that he really got his teeth into the banning business when caught biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. The incident wasn’t seen by the referee but Suarez was banned for the remainder of the tournament and then for a total of four months. It didn’t stop Barcelona paying £75M for him though.
Ricardo Ferreira - 50 years
And Jordan Turner thought he was harshly punished! Over in Switzerland, the unknown outside of the Swiss Fourth Division, Ferreira, was in October this year banned for 50, yes FIFTY, years. The Portugal Futebol Clube player was an unused substitute in his side’s match against SC Worb when after the game he approached the ref, kicked him in the face with the ball and then having subjected the official to a tirade of abuse, squirted water at him. The amateur had a bit of previous, banned for 45 matches for assaulting players and officials and effectively this was a lifetime ban. However, the computer system used to register suspensions needed an end date so it was decided that 50 years would do.