Accrington winger Sean McConville has been handed a ban for abusing an official after their 2-0 defeat against Wanderers.

McConville was shown a straight red card by referee Samuel Barrott for a high challenge on Liverpool loanee Conor Bradley during the first half.

The Whites ran out 2-0 winners at the Wham Stadium thanks to goals from Elias Kachunga and Aaron Morley to secure a Wembley final against Plymouth.

McConville has admitted using “abusive and insulting language” towards an official in the tunnel after the final whistle. He has also received a fine, with the sanctions imposed by an independent regulatory commission.

An official statement on the FA Spokesperson Twitter account read: “Accrington Stanley’s Sean McConville has been given a two-match ban and £750 fine following an incident that happened after their EFL Trophy game against Bolton Wanderers on Wednesday, February 22.

“The midfielder admitted that he used abusive and insulting language towards a match official in the tunnel after the final whistle, and an independent regulatory commission imposed his sanctions following a subsequent hearing.”

McConville has been a regular starter for the Reds this season, scoring five goals in 39 appearances in all competitions.

The 34-year-old will now miss Accrington’s matches against Ipswich and Charlton as John Coleman’s side aim to pull away from the relegation zone and maintain their League One status.

Stanley currently sit 20th in the table – two points above the drop zone despite having played at least one game fewer than the sides around them.

McConville will also serve a ban at the start of next season’s Papa Johns Trophy group stage as a result of his sending off against the Whites.

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