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Kirk Broadfoot handed longest ban in English football history for sectarian abuse

Kirk Broadfoot handed longest ban in English football history for sectarian abuse
By Eurosport

24/07/2015 at 08:57Updated 24/07/2015 at 11:51

Former Rangers defender Kirk Broadfoot will serve a 10-match ban after a verbal sectarian attack on Ireland winger James McLean, according to media reports.

The ban is understood to be the longest handed out in English football history for verbal abuse.

Broadfood was also fined £7,500 and ordered to complete "an education programme," said the Football Association in a statement.

An FA tribunal decided to hammer Broadfoot after the incident at the New York Stadium on March 14.

Broadfoot plays for Rotherham United and was marking McClean, who was turning out for Wigan at the time.

McClean has since moved to West Bromwich Albion.

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Broadfoot's ban beats the previous record eight-game ban handed out to Liverpool's Luis Suarez for his racial abuse of Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during a match four years ago.

McClean is a Roman Catholic and a Celtic fan while Broadfoot is a protestant from Ayrshire in Scotland who played for Rangers from 2007 until 2013.

McLean turned his back on the Union Flag and refused to sing the British national anthem during a pre-season match in the US earlier this week.

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