Irish Premiership: Gary Hamilton banned for four matches

Hamilton was sent off during Glenavon's match away to Dungannon Swifts
Hamilton was sent off during Glenavon's match away to Dungannon Swifts

Glenavon player-boss Gary Hamilton has been given a four-match ban after being sent off for violent conduct.

The suspension was imposed on Wednesday night when the Irish FA rejected Glenavon's appeal against Hamilton's red card against Dungannon Swifts.

Glenavon challenged the 17 September dismissal, claiming referee Mervyn Smyth had made an obvious error.

Hamilton received a two-match ban for the offence, and another two for later comments made to the official.

He was also given an additional two-match ban, which was suspended for six months.

Hamilton was one of three players sent off during the 1-1 draw between Dungannon and Glenavon.

It was alleged the player-boss had aimed a punch at opponent Chris Hegarty.

In throwing out the appeal, the IFA's disciplinary committee said it was not satisfied Glenavon had proven their case.

Hamilton's suspension comes into effect on Monday, 24 October.

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