April 16, 2019 / 5:07 PM / 3 months ago

Soccer: Snodgrass gets one-match ban, fine for abusing anti-doping officials -FA

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - West Ham United v Everton - London Stadium, London, Britain - March 30, 2019 West Ham's Robert Snodgrass applauds fans after the match. Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien

(Reuters) - West Ham United midfielder Robert Snodgrass has been handed a one-match suspension and a fine after being found guilty of misconduct towards UK anti-doping officials, the England Football Association (FA) said on Tuesday.

The Scotland international is alleged to have used “abusive and/or insulting words” towards anti-doping officials who went to West Ham’s training ground on Feb. 6 to conduct out-of-competition testing.

The match suspension is not active while the player considers his right of appeal, said the FA, which has also fined the 31-year-old 30,000 pounds ($39,000).

Snodgrass has featured 36 times for West Ham in all competitions this season and has scored four goals.

($1 = 0.7665 pounds)

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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