Hampton & Richmond Borough defender Tyrell Miller-Rodney begins a two-match suspension this Saturday.
He was charged retrospectively with successful deception of a match official in winning the penalty which enabled the Beavers to take the lead against Oldham in the FA Cup. The referee and an assistant, who was close to the incident, were convinced at the time a foul had been committed by the Oldham player.
The club say that subsequently, the clip was played endlessly on TV and social media and became the subject of a rant on the Drive programme on TalkSport. Miller-Rodney denied the charge and produced supporting evidence to suggest his stride had already been checked by the Oldham man’s first challenge outside the box and he was not in full control when the second tackle knocked him off his feet.
He submitted that the referee and assistant were perfectly placed to make their decision. Miller-Rodney’s further defence was that the referee was clearly alert to players looking to deceive him because he subsequently cautioned an Oldham player for simulation.
However, the panel rejected his appeal on Wednesday and he will miss this Saturday’s game and the following Saturday at home to East Thurrock in the league. He could play in the Middlesex Charity Cup tie at Spelthorne Sports on Tuesday, if selected.
Miller-Rodney said: “It is not within my nature to commit such an act (simulation). I am someone who prides himself on his honesty.”
Manager Gary McCann said: “The FA’s decision to ban Tyrell is one that has left me in a state of bemusement. I really can’t tell you how disappointed I am with the outcome. I truly feel for Tyrell, who is one of the most honest players you will find. We move on.”