The FA have released a statement that has declared Kirk Broadfoot guilty of sectarian abuse following an altercation with controversial Irish winger James McClean back in a league clash between Broadfoot's Rotherham and McClean's Wigan in March.
Kirk Broadfoot, who has been capped for Scotland four times and had predominantly played his football in Scotland most famously with Rangers, was caught in an altercation with McLean as Wigan ran out 2-1 winners.
The news comes in a week where McClean has faced a torrent of abuse after what appeared to be the player turning away during God Save The Queen in what was a club friendly between the player's new club West Brom and Charleston Battery in South Carolina.
Broadfoot, who played in over 80 games for Rangers, is said to have verbally abused McClean in March and the language used, which has not be revealed, was deemed to be so offensive to the Irish winger that the FA opened an investigation which resulted today in a lengthy 10 game ban for the player and a £7,500 fine.
McClean who recently signed for Premier League side West Brom started well, scoring a 25-yard screamer against Charleston, however the news of sectarian abuse adds to the players struggle with adversity in English football having faced abuse for not wearing a poppy, citing it goes against his own beliefs.
The ban for Broadfoot is to begin starting the 8th August as the Championship kicks off, but it remains to be seen if there is to be further action to be taken to defend players like James McClean who are often at the mercy of sectarian abuse.
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