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Ben Turner: Burton Albion defender found guilty of racially abusing opponent

Ben Turner started his career with Coventry City and had spells at Peterborough, Oldham and Cardiff before joining Burton in June 2016

Burton’s Ben Turner has been banned for five games after being found guilty of using racially abusive language towards Brentford’s Nico Yennaris.

The 28-year-old defender has also been fined £8,000 and ordered to attend a Football Association education course.

Turner’s charge related to an incident in a Championship match on 10 December.

Burton have the right to appeal against the independent panel’s decision, meaning Turner can play against Huddersfield on Saturday.

The centre-back had “strongly denied” the charge and, in a statement, Brewers manager Nigel Clough said the club were “incredibly disappointed” by the decision.

Turner was one of four players booked in the same injury-time incident in Burton’s 2-1 defeat at Griffin Park, which also involved his team-mate Jon McLaughlin and Brentford pair Romaine Sawyers and Yennaris.

Turner was found guilty of an “aggravated breach” of FA regulations as his language “included a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality”.

Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey received a five-game ban in December and was fined £100,000 for using racially abusive language towards Wolves’ Morocco international midfielder Romain Saiss.

Chelsea’s John Terry was handed a four-match ban and a £220,000 fine for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, while Liverpool’s Luis Suarez received an eight-match suspension and a £40,000 fine for his abuse of Manchester United’s Patrice Evra – both in 2011.

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