McCallum Ban Extended

Last updated : 03 February 2015 By Jim Bonner

Paul McCallum will miss Pompey's next six matches after the FA extended his ban from an original three matches to seven after he pleaded guilty to the charge of violent conduct towards referee Lee Collins at the end of the defeat to Southend.

Having already served the first game of his suspension at Wycombe last Saturday, McCallum will now miss the following fixtures: Hartlepool (H), Dagenham (A), Exeter (H), Cambridge (A), Tranmere (H) and Oxford (H).

Whilst some fans are calling for Paul to be sent back to his parent club, there are still thirteen matches to be played once his suspension is up and should Pompey be stuck in a rut at the bottom of the table and struggling to score goals, McCallum could be the man to rectify that problem.

Some people say that the ban is harsh given the lesser punishments handed out to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Costa for violent conduct but it wasn't towards the referee and those who saw the incident at Fratton Park would probably agree that had his team mates not restrained him, then McCallum probably would have floored the referee and got himself banned for even longer!

In other news, a certain ex-Pompey manager resigned from a Premier League club because of a "dodgy knee" today. Surely it had nothing to do with having no money for extra players on deadline day!? He'll no doubt be linked to a return to Pompey by two-bob journos should Andy Awford get sacked in the future but hopefully he'll never have to visit Fratton Park ever again.