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Mansfield Town striker given 5 match ban for urinating behind Plymouth Argyle stand


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The Mansfield forward Adi Yussuf has been banned for five games and fined after being found guilty of urinating at the back of a stand during a recent game.

The misconduct charge from the Football Association is relation to the League Two defeat against Plymouth at Home Park on 13 February, and occurred as Yussuf was warming up as a substitute. Brendan Malone, the referee that day, included the incident in his report and Yussuf, 23, admitted the charge at an independent regulatory commission hearing.

A statement on the FA website said: “Adi Yussuf has been suspended from all domestic club football for five first-team competitive matches and fined £700 after he admitted an FA misconduct charge. It follows a breach of FA Rule E3 by the Mansfield Town player in or around the 30th and 53rd minute of the league fixture against Plymouth Argyle on 13 February 2016. The decision of the independent regulatory commission, which sat on Thursday 10 March 2016, also included a warning as to the player’s future conduct.”

Yussuf joined Mansfield at the end of last season and has scored five goals in 23 league appearances, but all of those have come as a substitute. Beginning with the trip to Bristol Rovers on Saturday, Yussuf will miss subsequent matches against Portsmouth, Wycombe, Northampton and Hartlepool. Mansfield are 10th in League Two but just two points shy of the play-off places.

“We are very disappointed by the length of ban received,” said the Mansfield manager, Adam Murray. “While the football club does not, in any way, condone the isolated ‘act’ which has previously been reported, it should be borne in mind that Adi has stated that he was given alleged guidance by both a steward and unused substitutes from Plymouth Argyle as to where to perform this act, which was at the back of the Plymouth stand and out of public view.

“At this time Adi was an unused substitute and was warming up on the touchline at the far end of Home Park and furthermore, the water closets at this ground are a fair distance away. Without in any way excusing the player’s act, Adi did follow instructions by three Plymouth employees, at a venue which was unfamiliar to him. It must be re-emphasised that the club would never support this type of action. Adi has been disciplined by the club, fully reminded of his responsibilities in no uncertain terms and warned of his future conduct in such circumstances 


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