Yann Songo'o suspended for six games after homophobic comment
Yann Songo’o was initially facing a six to 12 game suspension [photo courtesy]

Morecambe midfielder Yann Songo’o has been suspended for six games after admitting an FA charge of making a homophobic comment during a League Two (fourth-tier) match against Tranmere Rovers in January.

Songo’o was sent off after using foul and abusive language towards a Tranmere player in the 45th minute of their 1-0 home defeat on Jan. 30.

The FA said the language also constituted an “aggravated breach” as it included a reference to sexual orientation.

“The suspension … includes two matches that have already been served. As a result, Yann Songo’o will be unavailable for Morecambe FC’s next four matches,” the FA said in a statement.

Songo’o, who will also have to complete face-to-face education, said the term he used was unacceptable.

“I’d like to offer a sincere apology for any offence I’ve caused,” he said in a club statement. “I’m really disappointed in myself for using that term, it does not reflect the type of person I am but was under provocation.”

Morecambe said they accepted the FA’s findings.

“We are a community-based family club that has high expectations of its players and staff and Yann’s behaviour fell short of those expectations in this instance,” the club said.

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