Alfie Barker given seven-month ban for Harry Arter tweets

Harry Arter
Harry Arter played the full 90 minutes against Arsenal in the match about which Barker posted the comments

A non-league player has been suspended for seven months as a result of tweets he sent to Bournemouth's Harry Arter about the death of his baby daughter.

During Bournemouth and Arsenal's 3-3 draw, then-Hitchin Town player Alfie Barker posted: "Big hype just for a disappointment like the nine months leading up to your child's birth."

Barker, 18, admitted an FA charge at a hearing on Tuesday and is banned from all football activity until 1 August.

He was also fined £250.

Arter, whose side were 3-0 up against the Gunners, and partner Rachel's baby daughter Renee was stillborn in December 2015.

Barker, who was sacked by Hitchin and Codicote FC, where he had been on loan, after sending the tweets, has also been warned as to his future conduct.

He was charged with allegedly posting comments which were abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.

Barker later apologised for his "disgraceful comments" and said that he would accept any punishment given to him.

Alfie Barker
Alfie Barker takes medication to combat the symptoms of ADHD and a mild form of autism

Longest bans given out by FA

  • 9 months - Manchester United's Eric Cantona for his 'kung-fu' style kick
  • 9 months - Chelsea keeper Mark Bosnich who tested positive for cocaine
  • 8 months - Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United for missing a drugs test
  • 12 games - QPR's Joey Barton for a red card and clashing with Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany
  • 11 games - Sheffield Wednesday's Paolo di Canio for pushing over referee Paul Alcock
  • 10 games - Former Southampton player David Prutton for shoving referee Alan Wiley
  • 10 games - Liverpool striker Luis Suarez for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic
  • 9 games - Rochdale's Calvin Andrew for elbowing Oldham defender Peter Clarke (initial ban was 12 games)

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