Carl Magnay: Hartlepool defender to serve six-game spitting ban
Hartlepool defender Carl Magnay will serve a six-game ban for spitting, but has denied he did anything wrong.
Magnay, 26, scored and was sent off in the 2-1 loss to Wycombe on 5 September and later charged with misconduct for spitting at a fan as he left the field.
The former Chelsea trainee denied the Football Association charge, but was found guilty after a personal hearing.
"I categorically deny spitting on anyone and find the allegation made against me inaccurate," he said.
"This is something I find abhorrent and simply would not do.
"There is no reaction by those in the vicinity where I spit, something which is supported by the video evidence.
"I would like to thank everyone connected with Hartlepool United for their support and I look forward to representing the club again once my ban is complete."
The ban was set aside as Hartlepool waited for written reasons for the disciplinary panel's decision, but they have decided not to appeal.
Chief executive Russ Green added he was "astounded" by the charge but the club supported the defender.