A WORCESTER man is reconsidering whether to appeal his SEVEN-YEAR ban from football over incidents at the club managed by his brother.

Jason Gormley, sibling of Worcester Raiders boss Karl Gormley, confirmed he had received the suspension and initially said he would not be exercising his right to appeal. 

However, he is now taking advice and may choose to question the sanction with Football Association (FA) officials at Wembley. He declined to comment further.

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The ban was dished out by an FA Disciplinary Commission that heard cases over incidents that took place at a West Midlands (Regional) League Division One fixture between Raiders and Darlaston Town (1874) at Claines Lane on February 23.

Darlaston filed complaints with the Football Association (FA) over “numerous incidents” of alleged “violence, racist and abusive comments” shortly after with counter claims submitted by Raiders.

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Chairman Kevin Jenkins confirmed Jason Gormley had been informally involved with the backroom staff at Raiders but “at the start of last season we asked him not to carry on”.

He had attended matches as a supporter, including the home match with Darlaston, and was part of the club’s end-of-season photo call to commemorate winning the title, posing with Karl and assistant manager Chris Cornes in a Raiders t-shirt with his initials on.

Mr Jenkins explained: “He came along, was part of the photographs and was then asked to leave.

“I believe that was his old t-shirt.”

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The club has been fined £515 over the incidents, while defender George Corbett has been issued with a three-match ban that Jenkins says he will appeal.

On the Worcestershire FA’s suspensions portal there is a 10-match ban for a Darren Campbell listed under Worcester Raiders.

Like Jason Gormley’s, the name was known to Mr Jenkins but he said neither had any direct association with the club at the time of the incidents.

Individuals who are registered with the FA and identified in allegations without being associated to the club in question get written to separately, meaning Raiders would not be privy to their sanctions.

Representatives of Worcestershire FA and Birmingham FA and a member of the FA’s press office said they would be unable to comment with the period for appeals yet to expire.

West Mercia Police said there had been no record of the incidents being brought to their attention.