Rams 'disappointed' over Fagan four-match ban

September 7, 2007

Derby have admitted they are 'disappointed' by the Football Association's decision to ban striker Craig Fagan for four matches following a stamp on Liverpool's Alvaro Arbeloa.

Fagan was found guilty by an independent commission yesterday and given an automatic three-match ban with an additional game for making what was considered a frivolous appeal.

Although Fagan does have the right to appeal against the additional one-game suspension, the three-match sanction cannot now be contested.

County, meanwhile, seem to have accepted the latest ruling.

A statement on the club's official website, read: 'Obviously we are disappointed by the FA decision but we will abide by the ruling.'

The original decision was earlier passed down by the FA in a statement which read: 'At an independent regulatory commission hearing today, a charge of violent conduct against Derby County's Craig Fagan was found proved.

'Fagan had denied the charge, which related to an incident involving Liverpool's Alvaro Arbeloa during the match at Anfield on Saturday, September 1.

'Referee Alan Wiley confirmed that he did not see the incident, and that had he done so he would have sent Fagan off.'

Fagan appeared to deliberately stamp on the leg of Arbeloa as the pair tussled close to the touchline. Liverpool won the game 6-0.