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Egan Ban Details Revealed
Thursday, 9th Jun 2022 21:29

Swearing at the referee and slapping his hand led to Ipswich Town Women’s defender Lucy Egan’s lengthy suspension.

On Monday, the Tractor Girls announced that Egan, 21, wouldn’t be available until 10th October having been handed a 162-day ban after being shown a red card following an “altercation with the referee” at the end of the 1-0 defeat at Portsmouth on the final day of 2021/22.

According to Suffolk News, an FA report outlines the incident after the final whistle in which Egan called the official “a f*****g p***k” and then slapped his hand, leading to her dismissal.

Egan accepted an FA charge of breaching rule E3, improper conduct, and requested a personal hearing where she said her behaviour was “out of character” and a “one-off reaction, done in the heat of the moment”.

Blues boss Joe Sheehan and club secretary Stuart Hayton spoke on Egan’s behalf, stating that the incident was “out of character”.

An FA statement reads: “Ipswich Town Women FC’s Lucy Egan has been suspended from all football activities for a period of 218 days, fined £75 and ordered to complete face-to-face education by a National Serious Case Panel of The FA for a breach of FA Rule E3.

“The defender accepted a charge for improper conduct against a match official (including physical contact or attempted physical contact and threatening and/or abusive language/behaviour) and opted for a personal hearing.”

Suffolk FA’s website has the ban down as 218, despite the club stating it runs for 162.

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SamWhiteUK added 21:32 - Jun 9
Is that it?! Jesus Christ

Freddies_Ears added 21:54 - Jun 9
Rooney did worse every time he was on the pitch...

chepstowblue added 00:55 - Jun 10
An astonishingly lengthy ban considering this probably happens every 5 mins in the mens premier league. Let's hope the referee doesn't experience serious mental health issues as a result of this vicious assault. I'm not making light of it, the treatment of many officials is abhorrent,but this seems very trivial in comparison.

sotd78 added 06:31 - Jun 10
This is in a game that is alleged to be the same from top to bottom. I don't think the ban is too long. But I really would love to see it operate at the highest level too. The game would be better for it longer term.

SaigonTractor added 06:48 - Jun 10
Not a chance anyone gets a ban this long in the men's game, you see this every match day in the football league. I agree with Egan being punished, but this is ridiculous.

Cakeman added 07:41 - Jun 10
Well said sotd78. A few more lengthy bans in the short term across all football leagues may finally get players to behave better towards officials. Heat of the moment things happen in all sports but football is the only one I can think of where players often get away with unacceptable behaviour.

gosblue added 09:06 - Jun 10
Maybe I’ve missed it but why has the club not publicly condemned Egan’s actions? Saying that they are out of character doesn’t do that. There will have been young girls watching that game and I hope none of them go on to copy their ‘role model’ in a Sunday morning match in the park. As some have pointed out on here, unacceptable behaviour directed at referees is rife in football and recruiting referees at lower levels is becoming more and more difficult.

Radlett_blue added 09:08 - Jun 10
We shouldn't make light of this as abuse, both verbal and sometines physical, is a regular occurrence in park football. The point that abuse of referees by professional players - largely verbal - is now routinely tolerated is valid and this needs to change, but this would require a zero tolerance attitude from all officials.

DJR added 09:40 - Jun 10
Radlett blue; you're spot on. I've never understood doesn't just follow rugby, and advance free kicks up to 10 metres following any dissent. That would soon put a stop to it. In addition, you could make it the rule that only the captain is able to speak to the ref.

Len_Brennan added 10:04 - Jun 10
We've certainly heard far worse abusive language being tolerated in the men's game, but I'm assuming the length of the ban is down to the slap. Raise your hand against another player & it's is an automatic red card & 3+ match ban, no matter how innocuous; raise it to a ref & you are heading into Di Canio territory (even if the ref makes a meal of it).
I agree that the club needs to speak out on it.

blues1 added 10:27 - Jun 10
DJR. They tried that. Moving the ball 10 yards forward for dissent. If didn't work. So if was scrapped.
The difference with this incident is that it was after the final whistle too, so she shouldn't have been approaching the referee in the 1st place. Why are people making light of the fact she only slapped his hand? Could so easily have done more than that. And the fact is , she should not have been making any physical contact with the referee, end of. Those saying this happens all the time in the mens game? Yes, the bad language does(something I've always said should be punished more). But certainly I've not seen players making physical contact with referees. Other than di canio, and he got a ban very similar to what Egan has in terms of how many matches she will miss. So yes, I agree with everyone who says this needs to happen in the mens professional game too, but the fact it rarely does, doesn't make this punishment wrong.

Monkey_Blue added 11:32 - Jun 10
Blimey, seems more than a tad harsh. Players swear at refs in very game( not a professional lip reader but don’t need to be) and she didn’t punch her!! People do worse and just get a 3 game ban.

Fat_Boy_Tim added 11:37 - Jun 10
If it had been in a mens game it would have been a yellow card, maybe red, depends on the context of the slapping. The swearing happens all the time in mens games and is largely ignored. None of that is a good thing, there should be appropriate punishments for all of them but it should be the same for men and women.

Fat_Boy_Tim added 11:53 - Jun 10
What happens to the red who nutted Alan Judge?

Orraman added 14:01 - Jun 10
Judging by many of the refs seen at PRin the past couple of seasons, what she said was absolutely true although not language becoming of a lady!!

WhoisJimmyJuan added 14:53 - Jun 10
The di canio and Judge incidents met with bans far shorter than this. I agree that while this might be the right thing in respect of this incident, it is NOT in line with the men's game and should be.

bluesman added 17:38 - Jun 10
She slapped his hand??

GrantOB92 added 19:42 - Jun 10
They should just get rid of the womens league all together as it is an absolute joke

Pettabelieveit added 21:07 - Jun 10
Maybe we could use this platform to make a point to the FA? When compared to previous incident already mentioned, this is utterly ridiculous

Ipswichbusiness added 09:31 - Jun 11
I understand that they are remaking “Last of the Summer Wine” and she is auditioning for the part of Nora Batty.

juniorblue added 18:33 - Jun 11
What a ridiculous comment.

Bucklebury_blue added 09:30 - Jun 12
DJR the FA introduced the 10 yard rule a few years ago but coaches worked out that if for example a free kick 15 yards outside the box was the perfect range, a spot of dissent would get it moved up 10 yards and therefore not at the perfect distance for an up and over the wall. It was quietly dropped.

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