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Extra match suspension for Hope

24 February 2017

Rovers midfielder Hope Akpan will serve an additional match ban following his sending off against Sheffield Wednesday on February 14th.

It was alleged his behaviour in or around the 87th minute of the game at Hillsborough constituted violent conduct in circumstances where the standard punishment of three matches would be clearly insufficient.
 
Akpan denied the charge, however it was found proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.
 
An additional one-match suspension was added to the standard punishment the player is already serving following his dismissal.

Akpan will serve the second match of his suspension against Burton Albion this evening. The additional ban means the midfielder will also miss the Ewood Park clashes with Derby County (Tuesday February 28th) and Wigan Athletic (Saturday March 4th).
 
In relation to the same game, Rovers have been fined £5,000 after the club admitted a charge of failing to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion in the 87th minute and accepted the standard penalty.

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