STOCKPORT County midfielder Glenn Rule has been handed a 10-game ban by the Football Association for allegedly biting an opponent against Stalybridge Celtic last month.

The 25-year-old was sent off in the National League North match at Edgeley Park on August 29 after being accused of biting Celtic defender Aaron Chalmers on the thigh.

Rule was set to begin a three-game ban against Brackley Town on Saturday but will now be suspended until mid-November following a review by the FA’s disciplinary committee.

An FA statement read that Rule’s actions “constituted violent conduct in circumstances where the standard punishment of three games…was clearly insufficient.”

The former Airbus player, who signed for the Hatters during the summer, was dismissed in the 33rd minute in the SK13 derby by referee Scott Oldham.

County also saw goalkeeper Danny Hurst dismissed later in the game on their way to a first defeat of the season as Celtic ran out 3-0 winners.

After the game, County boss Neil Young admitted that if the allegations were true “the book would be thrown” at Rule and he would fine him “the maximum amount”.

The Greater Manchester club have said they will make “no further comment” until they have received reasons for the lengthy ban from the FA’s regulatory commission.

Rule had begun the campaign brightly with two league goals in the first month, including a wonder strike in County’s 1-1 draw at Nuneaton Town.

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