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Ex-Athlone Town Boss Gets Six Month Ban For ‘Offensive And Intimidating Behaviour’

Aaron Callaghan resigned from his managerial post at Athlone Town yesterday, citing a lack of professionalism on the club’s part.

The Irishman lasted just nine games at the Midlands side, and criticised the lack of a physiotherapist and appropriate warm up gear ahead of the game against Shelbourne on Monday.

“To raise the bar in any industry you need to set professional standards and evolve with the competition”, he said in a statement.

“Somehow this message never landed. The players and staff have my utmost respect and I wish them every success.”

If that wasn’t enough to contend with, Callaghan has now received a six month ban from all football-related activities in the Republic of Ireland from the FAI, for conduct that they deemed “offensive and intimidating towards match officials” while under a ban.

Pre-Season Friendly 24/7/2010 Athlone Town vs Villareal General view of Lissywollen, Athlone Town Stadium
INPHO/James Crombie

An FAI statement read:

“Whilst under the sanction of a two-match suspension, Mr. Callaghan ignored FAI Rules restricting him from entering the dressing room area, where his behaviour was deemed both offensive and intimidating towards match officials.

“The Disciplinary Committee, having considered the match officials’ reports and written submissions furnished, found that Mr. Callaghan, as Athlone Town AFC manager, was in breach of the following FAI Rules:

“Part D, Section 2, Rule 13: Offensive Behaviour (April 20, 2018)

“Part D, Section 2, Rule 15: Intimidation/Threats (April 20, 2018)

“Part D, Section 12, Rule 90: Failure to Respect Decisions (April 20, 2018)

“Part D, Section 2, Rule 13: Offensive Behaviour (April 28, 2018)

“Part D, Section 12, Rule 90: Failure to Respect Decisions (April 28, 2018).”

Athlone Town are currently bottom of the First Division having picked up just one point from nine games, and are already six points behind ninth-placed Wexford Youths.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

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