Kevin O’Hara was today suspended by the SFA disciplinary panel until 2018.
The 19-year-old was given an eight-match ban for ‘excessive misconduct’ during the Bairns’ 2-0 Irn-Bru Cup win over Dunfermline on October 7. It has been reported the charge relates to abusive comments to Pars’ forward Dean Shiels who had an eye removed 11 years ago.
O’Hara attended the Scottish Football Association HQ at Hampden with chairman Margaret Lang, communications manager Connor Park and technical director Alex Smith who was in caretaker charge of the Bairns when the incident took place.
A club spokesman said: “The club take note of the decision made by the Scottish FA Judicial Panel and are in the process of requesting the written reasons.
“No further comment will be made at this time.”
Questions had been raised over the suspension and under-20s matches, for which O’Hara is still eligible, will count towards the punishment.
However an SFA source advised The Falkirk Herald: “It was imposed for a breach of Disciplinary Rule 202 (Excessive Misconduct). “The eight-match suspension is applied to all football, and will be served by his recognised team (first team in this case) playing eight competitive matches.”