FAI ban Town’s Colm James for 18 months

Liam Cosgrove

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Liam Cosgrove

Colm James receives the April Player of the Month Award from Longford Town Supporters Club Chairman Brendan Turner and the Town captain Chris Deans (pictured in the background) is obviously delighted with the decision.
Longford Town midfielder Colm James is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after the FAI found him guilty of breaching a series of rules in connection to match integrity.

Longford Town midfielder Colm James is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after the FAI found him guilty of breaching a series of rules in connection to match integrity.

News of the 29-year-old’s ban brings an end to a two month investigation involving the FAI’s disciplinary committee UEFA, FIFA and gardai.

James, who is in his second spell with the midlanders, now must decide whether to appeal the ruling.

Interestingly, Longford town have so far fended off questions in relation to last night’s (Tuesday) verdict.

A statement released on its website read: “Longford Town FC wish to express their disappointment at the fact that a player associated with the club has had these allegations made against him. Longford Town FC wish to state that the Club will at no time condone any such breach of FAI rules, and take this opportunity to advise their supporters and sponsors that the Club have fully co-operated with the FAI investigation. Furthermore the Club are not implicated in any way with this breach of rules.”

A club source said Tony Cousins’ outfit were still conducting their own internal investigation and as such would not be issuing any comment at this stage.

Separately, the club have announced they are to take on Neil Lennon’s Celtic at the City Calling Stadium next month.

The fixture against the Scottish champions on Thursday July 18, is part of a busy summer schedule for the Aitricity League First Division table toppers as they look to secure promotion back to Irish soccer’s upper tier.