Paul McCallum: Portsmouth striker given seven-match ban

Paul McCallum
McCallum will miss all of Portsmouth's matches in February

On-loan Portsmouth striker Paul McCallum has been banned for seven matches after his furious reaction to being sent off against Southend.

The West Ham youngster was dismissed for violent conduct amid a 2-1 defeat.

The 21-year-old then appeared to raise a hand to referee Lee Collins and had to be dragged away from the confrontation by team-mates.

He received a three-match ban for the red card, with the additional four matches imposed for his reaction.

McCallum, who pleaded guilty to the charge, joined Pompey on loan until the end of the season and was making his second appearance from the bench.

He will miss matches against Hartlepool, Dagenham and Redbridge, Exeter, Cambridge, Tranmere and Oxford, having already served the first match of the suspension.

The first game after his ban is completed will be Portsmouth's match against Northampton on 3 March.

McCallum, who has had previous loan spells with AFC Wimbledon, Aldershot, Torquay and Hearts, apologised on Twitter for his reaction,external-link admitting he had been "very stupid and reckless".

Portsmouth are 18th in League Two, just two points above the relegation places.