AN independent Regulatory Commission has suspended John-Joe O’Toole for two matches with immediate effect and fined him £2,000.
The Burton Albion defender admitted using abusive and/or insulting and/or improper words towards the match referee following the game against Southend United FC in the EFL League One on Tuesday December 3, 2019.
This will be in addition to the original four-match ban for the sending off and will mean the defender will now also miss the Accrington and Bolton away games but will be available for the FA Cup Third Round tie with Northampton on January 5.
Brewers manager Nigel Clough said: “We are disappointed with the severity of the punishment on the back of the four-game ban, which we appealed.
“But there is no excuse for what he did, the charge was accepted, and he was disciplined by the club when the charge came in (for the charge not the sending off). But to add another two games on for one comment we feel is harsh.”