Plymouth ball boys says Leyton Orient's Liam Kelly should be disciplined
Last Updated: 17/02/17 7:18pm
The Plymouth ball boy allegedly pushed by Liam Kelly has called for the Leyton Orient captain to be punished by the Football Association.
Kelly has been charged with violent conduct by the FA for the alleged incident involving 17-year-old Jake McLean in Tuesday's fixture at Home Park.
The Orient skipper is said to have pushed McLean to the ground while attempting to retrieve the ball in Orient's shock 3-2 win over the promotion chasers in an incident not seen by the match officials.
McLean did not call for Kelly, 27, to receive a ban, but remains disappointed at what he considered the "lack of respect" shown and says the midfielder made no attempts to apologise.
The Plymouth volunteer also insists he was not trying to slow the game down, a view video replays appear to support.
McLean told The Plymouth Herald: "I went to retrieve the ball to throw it out for a corner and as I did that the Leyton Orient player (Kelly) came over to me and shoved me to the floor.
"I didn't feel as if I was going slow or having any impact on the game. For that to happen, I just feel as if I didn't have any respect from the player for doing my job.
"I don't understand the 'heat of the moment' argument at all. I could understand it if I'd been trying to delay the game
"What's disappointed me even more is after the game he didn't even try and find me to apologise or anything. It shows a lack of respect from the other team towards the ball boys.
"I can't turn around now and say I'd like to see the player get a ban. Obviously, it's not my decision on what happens.
"But for something to have an impact on the player so that he realises he has done something wrong would be good."
An FA statement on Thursday said: "The FA has submitted a claim that the standard punishment for this alleged offence would be clearly insufficient."
Orient said the Scottish midfielder Kelly - formerly of Kilmarnock, Bristol City and Oldham was sorry for the incident, which they did not believe was violent conduct.
The London club cited a similar incident where the player received only a caution and also mentioned Eden Hazard's tussle with 17-year-old Swansea ball boy Charlie Morgan in the closing stages of a League Cup fixture.
"It was never the intention of Liam to be violent and he apologises profusely to both the ball boy and Plymouth Argyle," Orient said in a statement.
"The club strongly deny the accusation of violent conduct given to the player and reference an incident involving Matt Ritchie whilst playing for Swindon Town in a game against Oxford United on March 3, 2012, where the player was only cautioned for a similar offence.
"In addition an incident involving Eden Hazard during a Capital One Cup match on January 23, 2013 for Chelsea against Swansea City also took place, where the player not only pushed, but also kicked the ball boy in the ribs. This incident was heard by a commission, where a three-game ban was deemed sufficient.
"Due to this we feel that what happened on Tuesday with Liam is no more serious than the above cases."