Hot head Roberts given six game suspension

Falkirk v Alloa'Falkirk's Philip Roberts'Pic by Alan Murray  22-03-14
Falkirk v Alloa'Falkirk's Philip Roberts'Pic by Alan Murray 22-03-14

Phil Roberts has been banned for six games after losing his cool at Alloa.

The forward was shown a second yellow and subsequent red-card for a petulant on-field spat with Wasps’ Michael Doyle.

But his reaction to the red - his third of the season - has landed him in hot water after referee George Salmond included the incident in his match report.

Roberts left the field as instructed but kicked an ice bucket before slamming it to the ground and spreading the contents precariously around manager Gary Holt’s technical area (see the incidents here at 4:35 and 6:00). That has been deemed violent conduct by the match referee and has incurred a six game suspension. Falkirk have six games remaining in the regular league season.

The Republic of Ireland youth international was only playing as a result of the Bairns’ successful appeal to a red card in his previous game against Livingston, however he sat out last week’s defeat at Hamilton through suspension after exceeding the accumulated six bookings throughout the season.

Roberts has stayed away from the club’s training this week and was frozen out of the manager’s post-match debrief with the team and waited for team-mates in the corridor at Recreation Park.

The club is understood to be investigating the manner in line with its disciplinary procedures.