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ADAM Bygrave’s proposed return to United will now not happen before the turn of the year owing to FA sanctions imposed on him.
Bygrave has been training at Kingfield following his sacking from Farnborough at the end of August for inappropriate posts made on Facebook. He was fined the maximum two weeks’ wages after admitting making racist, disabled and paedophile-based comments on the social networking site.
United manager Nas Bashir knows the defender from the time they spent together at Reading, and wants to add him to his playing squad as soon as possible.
But the Gazette has learned that the Hayes and Yeading boss must wait until January 1 to register the 23-year-old centre back.
Bygrave was found to be in breach of FA rules. He took his case to appeal and successfully had the sanction revised but remains banned from football until the end of 2012.
An FA spokesman confirmed to the Gazette: “Adam Bygrave was charged with a breach of FA Rule E3 and E3 (2) in relation to Facebook posting. It was found proven.
“The player won an appeal and the sanction was revised as follows: the player is suspended from playing until December 31, 2012 and fined £250.”
FA rule E3 (1) states that a participant shall at all times act in the best interests of the game and shall not act in any manner which is improper or brings the game into disrepute or use any one, or a combination of, violent conduct, serious foul play, threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting words or behaviour.
Rule E3 (2) states that in the event of any breach of rule E3(1) including a reference to any one or more of a person’s ethnic origin, colour, race, nationality, faith, gender, sexual orientation or disability (an ‘aggravating factor’), a regulatory commission shall consider the imposition of an increased sanction.
For a ﬁrst offence, a sanction that is double that which the regulatory commission would have applied had the aggravating factor not been present.
Bygrave has issued a public apology and expressed deep regret for posting the comments on his Facebook page and has said he is determined to redeem himself.