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Newport County defender Ryan Inniss handed five-game-suspension

Ryan Inniss

Newport County defender Ryan Inniss has been suspended for five matches by the FA following his red card in the EFL Trophy fixture against West Ham United under-21s last week.

Inniss was accused of biting West Ham academy player Reece Hannam in the 90th minute of Newport’s 5-4 defeat at Rodney Parade.

The punishment exceeds the standard suspension of three matches for incidents of violent conduct with the FA concluding:

“The Members of the Commission ordered that the Standard Punishment of a three-match suspension in this instance be set aside and replaced with a five-match suspension”.

Inniss was only making his second appearance for the club but will now be absent until next month’s EFL Trophy fixture against Exeter City on October 8.

The 24-year-old defender is on loan from Crystal Palace and may face an uphill battle to reinstate himself in the first team picture following this setback.

After the game Newport Manager Michael Flynn insisted, “If he has (bitten an opponent) it’s inexcusable and I won’t be fighting his corner”.

Having spoken to the defender, Newport County decided to appeal the violent conduct charge but were unsuccessful.

Inniss will miss League Two fixtures against Northampton Town, Macclesfield Town, Exeter City, Swindon Town and Carlisle United.

BY DAN ALEXANDER/ PA IMAGES

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