Plymouth Argyle's Nick Chadwick hit with a six-match ban
PLYMOUTH Argyle striker Nick Chadwick has apologised unreservedly for his actions after being hit by a six-match suspension from the Football Association.
Chadwick was sent-off for violent conduct in the 34th minute of the 4-0 defeat away to title-chasing Port Vale on Saturday.
The 30-year-old was red-carded by referee Scott Mathieson, after he consulted fourth official Matthew Bristow, for elbowing Vale's Ashley Vincent.
A similar off-the-ball incident involving the same two players occurred at the start of the match.
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From the kick-off, Vincent ended up in a heap on the ground after Chadwick ran past him, although on that occasion none of the match officials spotted any offence.
It is that incident which has led to Chadwick getting a six-match ban, instead of three, as had been expected.
Chadwick's lengthy suspension was confirmed by Argyle in a statement this afternoon.
It read: "As well as imposing an automatic three-match ban for his red card in the 34th minute of the game, the FA have taken retrospective action, under Law 12, regarding an incident in the first minute of the match and added a further three matches to the suspension.
"Nick regrets his actions which have led to this ban and apologises unreservedly for them. He fully accepts the punishment handed down by the FA.
"Pre-mediated violent behaviour on the field is totally unacceptable at Plymouth Argyle and, accordingly, Nick has also been separately disciplined by the club."
Chadwick's suspension will last until the home game against Oxford United on February 16.