York City goalkeeper Scott Flinders has been suspended from all domestic club football for five first team competitive fixtures after being found guilty of racial abuse during a match.
The twenty nine year old was handed the ban by the Football Association and it has been imposed with immediate effect.
The FA has also confirmed that the former Hartlepool United keeper will receive a £1,250 fine in conjunction with the suspension.
He will also be required to complete an education course.
Flinders denied the charge, which was brought against him after allegations of racial abuse in the Minstermen’s SkyBet League Two match against AFC Wimbledon in March.
As FA statement said “The player was alleged to have used abusive and/or insulting words contrary to Rule E3(1).
“It was further alleged that this was an ‘aggravated breach’ as defined by Rule E3(2) as it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race.
The charge, which the player denied, was found proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission”
Flinders joined the Minstermen in the summer of 2015, having spent six years with Hartlepool United.
Earlier in his career he played for Barnsley and Crystal Palace, whilst spending loan spells with the likes of Brighton and Hove Albion, Yeovil Town and Falkirk.
Flinders ban means he will miss the Minstermen’s National League home fixtures against Woking, Solihull Moors and Tranmere Rovers, as well as their trips to Wrexham and Torquay United.
His first game back should be City’s home game against Dover Athletic on Saturday 17th September.
Flinders has also been warned about his future conduct.