Leyton Orient owner Francesco Becchetti given six-match stadium ban by FA
By Matthew Treadwell
Last Updated: 15/01/16 8:19pm
Leyton Orient president Francesco Becchetti has been given a six-match stadium ban and fined £40,000 by the FA after he appeared to lash out at assistant manager Andy Hessenthaler.
Becchetti was seen to aim a kick at Hessenthaler at the end of their 3-2 home win over Portsmouth on Boxing Day.
That has earned Beccheti censure, although his ban will be held back pending an appeal.
"Francesco Becchetti will serve a six-match stadium ban after a charge of violent conduct against him was found proven, following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today [Friday 15 January 2016]. The suspension has been stayed pending any decision regarding an appeal," read a statement on the FA website.
"The Leyton Orient President and Club Owner admitted his behaviour at the end of the game against Portsmouth on 26 December 2015 amounted to improper conduct, however, he denied it was violent.
"Along with his match-day ban from six first team matches in approved competitions, Mr Becchetti was also fined £40,000 and warned as to his future conduct."
Becchetti later issued a statement relating to the FA's ruling.
"In response to the charge brought by football's governing body, the Football Association, Mr Becchetti, Leyton Orient's President, admitted improper conduct, but strongly denied violent conduct. Mr Becchetti was also granted a personal hearing on request," read the statement on the club's official website.
"Mr Becchetti, however, is deeply disappointed with the decision that has been taken by the Football Association Regulatory Commission, which he does not believe reflects the events on Boxing Day.
"Mr Becchetti will consider an appeal upon reviewing the written reasons of the Panel."