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UCD's Harry Curtis gets ten-match ban for using 'discriminatory language' against Kerry player

UCD's Harry Curtis has received a ten-match ban for using "discriminatory language" in a recent SSE Airtricity League First Division clash with Kerry.

The FAI and League of Ireland insist on a zero tolerance approach to discrimination, and as a result Curtis will now miss a large chunk of the current campaign.

UCD won last Friday night's encounter in Kerry 2-1 as the Students came from behind to take the three points, while Curtis received a straight red card in the fourth minute of injury-time.

A statement released by the league read: "An Independent Disciplinary Committee of the FAI has sanctioned UCD AFC player Harry Curtis for using discriminatory language towards a Kerry FC player in the SSE Airtricity Men's First Division fixture on 10 May 2024."

Dundalk goalkeeper George Shelvey received a similar ban following a red card after their defeat to Drogheda United earlier this month.

"The FAI and League of Ireland maintains a strict zero tolerance approach towards any act of discrimination and are committed to ensuring that League of Ireland matches remain a safe and welcoming environment for everyone.

"In accordance with FIFA Regulations and the FAI Disciplinary Regulations, Harry Curtis will serve a ten-match suspension.

"Please note the decision of the Independent Disciplinary Committee may be appealed."

UCD have confirmed that they will not exercise that right have accepted the punishment.

"UCD FC does not condone the use of discriminatory language in any form and welcomes and supports the FAI and League of Ireland's commitment to maintaining a safe and welcoming environment for all," the club said in a statement.

"Both the player and the club accept the decision of the Independent Committee and will not be appealing this

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