Joss Labadie: Torquay midfielder withdraws appeal against ban

Joss Labadie

Torquay United midfielder Joss Labadie has withdrawn his appeal against his 10-game ban for biting an opponent.

On Tuesday, the Gulls said an appeal had been lodged with the Football Association but less than 24 hours later the decision has been reversed.

The news effectively ends Labadie's season, with Torquay having 10 games left in their battle to avoid relegation from League Two.

They are bottom of the table and eight points adrift of safety.

"Torquay United can confirm that Joss Labadie has decided to withdraw his appeal and accept the FA charge for misconduct," read a club statement.

"Joss will now serve his 10-match ban with immediate effect."

Labadie, who is out of contract at Plainmoor at the end of the season, had been expected to play against Bury on Tuesday but the Gulls will now be forced into a reshuffle in the centre of midfield.

The 23-year-old had been expected to play against Bury on Tuesday but his decision to accept the ban meant the Gulls were forced into a reshuffle in the centre of midfield with Lee Mansell returning to the side.

Joss Labadie
Labadie (right) has had two spells at Plainmoor

"I had a team in mind regardless of the decision and you just have to deal with every eventuality in this game," Gulls boss Chris Hargreaves told BBC Radio Devon, speaking before his side's 2-1 victory.

"It's hard to get your hard round it because it's unusual - it's obviously a disappointment and it's a blow but we have to deal with and get on with it. There's players who are fighting to play and there's good players here.

"I don't think anything surprises these players - they just take it with a pinch of salt and get on with it."

The biting incident occurred in Torquay's 3-1 loss to Chesterfield in February but Labadie, who had denied the charge, was not punished during the game.

Labadie received the ban and a £2,000 fine last week after he was found guilty of violent conduct by an independent regulatory commission.

Chesterfield declined to make an official complaint at the time but Spireites player Ollie Banks made allegations on Twitter that he had been bitten during the game.

Labadie's suspension was the same as that given to Liverpool striker Luis Suarez for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic last April.

The Uruguayan had previously been banned for seven games in 2010 after biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal's shoulder while playing for Ajax.

Labadie has made 10 appearances for the club since joining permanently from Notts County in January, scoring one goal.

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