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YUSSUF BANNED FOR 5 GAMES FOR URINATING
15th March 2016 17:39


Stags' boss 'very disappointed' with Yussuf ban
mansfieldtown.net, 11th March 2016

Manager Adam Murray has said the five match ban handed to forward Adi Yussuf is both 'harsh' and 'disappointing', following news of the 24-year-old's suspension by the Football Association.

In a statement, the Football Association today said: "Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Adi Yussuf has been suspended from all domestic club football for five first team competitive matches and fined £700 after he admitted an FA misconduct charge.

“It follows a breach of FA Rule E3 by the Mansfield Town player in or around the 30th and 53rd minute of the league fixture against Plymouth Argyle on 13 February 2016.

“The decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission, which sat on Thursday 10 March 2016, also included a warning as to the player’s future conduct.”

Stags' boss Adam Murray said: "We are very disappointed by the length of ban received.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/yussuf-banned-3000509.aspx#q25QtdKPjbHIJmeK.99

“Whilst the football club does not, in any way, condone the isolated 'act' which has previously been reported, it should be borne in mind that Adi has stated that he was given alleged guidance by both a steward and unused substitutes from Plymouth Argyle as to where to perform this act, which was at the back of the Plymouth stand and out of public view.

"At this time Adi was an unused substitute and was warming up on the touchline at the far end of Home Park and furthermore, the water closets at this ground are a fair distance away (in the home dressing room).

“Without in any way excusing the player’s act, Adi did follow instructions by three Plymouth employees, at a venue which was unfamiliar to him.

"It must be re-emphasised that the club would never support this type of action. Adi has been disciplined by the club, fully reminded of his responsibilities in no uncertain terms and warned of his future conduct in such circumstances.

"However, the punishment, in my view, is harsh and very disappointing. It will obviously have a knock-on effect heading into our remaining 11 matches in our bid for a play-off place and will limit our attacking options.”

The manager added: “After brief conversations with the chairman last night, he is fully supportive of backing me with view to a forward replacement.

“In the last 24 hours we have missed out on three players to rival clubs but are working very hard to find a suitable player to add to our ranks.”

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Mansfield Town's Adi Yussuf banned for five games and fined
thefa.com, By FA Staff, 11 Mar 2016

Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Adi Yussuf has been suspended from all domestic club football for five first team competitive matches and fined £700 after he admitted an FA misconduct charge.

It follows a breach of FA Rule E3 by the Mansfield Town player in or around the 30th and 53rd minute of the league fixture against Plymouth Argyle on 13 February 2016.

Read more at http://www.thefa.com/news/governance/2016/mar/mansfield-town-adi-yussuf-banned-for-five-games?#raRIKuyH5Yo7We5D.99

The decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission, which sat on Thursday 10 March 2016, also included a warning as to the player’s future conduct.

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Plymouth Argyle blamed for Mansfield Town's Adi Yussuf urinating in front of disabled fans
By BEREN CROSS, @BerenCross, plymouthherald.co.uk, March 11, 2016

Adi Yussuf has blamed Plymouth Argyle players for telling him to urinate pitchside

PLYMOUTH Argyle have been blamed by Adi Yussuf and Mansfield Town for him urinating pitchside at Home Park last month and landing a five match ban as a result.

This morning, The Football Association (FA) revealed its punishment for the 23-year-old and on top of the ban, it fined him £700 for relieving himself in front of disabled Argyle supporters on February 13.

Field Mill manager Adam Murray said Yussuf, who admitted to the allegations, had innocently followed instructions given to him by Argyle substitutes and a steward.

“We are very disappointed by the length of ban received,” said the Stags chief. “The football club does not, in any way, condone the isolated act which has previously been reported.

Read more: http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Plymouth-Argyle-blamed-Mansfield-Town-s-Adi/story-28906195-detail/story.html#ixzz42citWfBi

“It should be borne in mind Adi has stated he was given alleged guidance by both a steward and unused substitutes from Plymouth Argyle as to where to perform this act.

“This was at the back of the Plymouth stand and out of public view.

“At this time, Adi was an unused substitute and was warming up on the touchline at the far end of Home Park and furthermore, the water closets at this ground are a fair distance away (in the home dressing room).

“Without in any way excusing the player’s act, Adi followed instructions by three Plymouth employees, at a venue which was unfamiliar to him.”

A spokesman for Argyle declined to comment on Murray’s response, but reiterated The FA has acted on information which included observations made by Argyle officials on the day.

The governing body investigated allegations made by the supporters, who told Herald Sport they had reported the incident to stewards, who passed it on to referee Brendan Malone.

An Independent Regulatory Commission met yesterday and decided on the ban for Yussuf, who was also warned about his future conduct after admitting the allegations were true.

The former Burton Albion forward relieved himself between the disabled access stand and the Devonport End during the first half of his side’s League Two clash with Argyle.

The witnesses said Yussuf, a substitute at the time, had spoken with Louis Rooney and Ben Purrington before walking over to the disused piece of land.

The former Lincoln City man will now miss the Stags’ trip to Bristol Rovers today and matches with Portsmouth, Wycombe Wanderers, Northampton Town and Hartlepool United.

Murray said: “It must be re-emphasised the club would never support this type of action. Adi has been disciplined by the club, fully reminded of his responsibilities in no uncertain terms and warned of his future conduct in such circumstances.

“However, the punishment, in my view, is harsh and very disappointing. It will obviously have a knock-on effect heading into our remaining 11 matches in our bid for a play-off place and will limit our attacking options.”

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EARLIER STORY:
FA investigating claims Mansfield Town player urinated in front of disabled Plymouth Argyle fans
By David Munday @DavidMunday815, plymouthherald.co.uk, February 17, 2016

Plymouth Argyle fans claimed that Mansfield Town player Adi Yussuf (centre) urinated in front of them on Saturday

THE Football Association are investigating claims that Mansfield Town player Adi Yussuf urinated in front of fans at Home Park on Saturday.

The 23-year-old striker is alleged to have relieved himself between the disabled access stand and the Devonport End during the first half of his side’s League Two game against Plymouth Argyle.

Fans in the disabled access stand claim to have seen the incident and issued a statement to Home Park stewards.

A fan, who wished to remain anonymous, got in contact with Herald Sport to tell us what they saw.

They said: “During the first half of the match Mansfield substitute Adi Yussuf was warming up on the touchline right in front of the disabled zone (where I sit with my friend).

Read more: http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/FA-investigating-claims-Mansfield-Town-player/story-28754331-detail/story.html#ixzz42ckNGQ1f

“He said something to Plymouth Argyle substitutes Rooney and Purrington before walking over to the piece of disused land between the disabled zone and the Devonport End and took a wee.

“This was right in front of everyone in the Disabled section.

“Myself and the lady who works in the refreshments area witnessed it as well as some others and we reported it to the stewards.

“They later took a statement and reported it to the Referee.”

Referee Brendan Malone included the incident in his match report.

The Football League referees department confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that they had forwarded the allegations onto the Football Association who are now in the process of investigation.

In a statement, Mansfield Town said: “The club has been made aware of the said complaint by The Football Association and is internally investigating the matter.”

A Plymouth Argyle spokesperson said: "We were asked for our observations by the FA on an incident during our game against Mansfield that was included in the referee's report.

"We have complied with this request and await developments."

The Pilgrims ran out 3-0 winners in the League Two clash as Ryan Brunt (twice) and Gregg Wylde found the back of the net.

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Mansfield’s Adi Yussuf given five-match ban for urinating behind Plymouth stand
http://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/mar/11/mansfield-adi-yussuf-banned-urinating-behind-stand-plymouth?

- Incident occurred while player was warming up as a sub at Home Park
- ‘We are very disappointed by the length of the ban,’ says Stags manager

Press Association, Friday 11 March 2016

The Mansfield forward Adi Yussuf has been banned for five games and fined after being found guilty of urinating at the back of a stand during a recent game.

The misconduct charge from the Football Association is relation to the League Two defeat against Plymouth at Home Park on 13 February, and occurred as Yussuf was warming up as a substitute. Brendan Malone, the referee that day, included the incident in his report and Yussuf, 23, admitted the charge at an independent regulatory commission hearing.

A statement on the FA website said: “Adi Yussuf has been suspended from all domestic club football for five first-team competitive matches and fined £700 after he admitted an FA misconduct charge. It follows a breach of FA Rule E3 by the Mansfield Town player in or around the 30th and 53rd minute of the league fixture against Plymouth Argyle on 13 February 2016. The decision of the independent regulatory commission, which sat on Thursday 10 March 2016, also included a warning as to the player’s future conduct.”

Yussuf joined Mansfield at the end of last season and has scored five goals in 23 league appearances, but all of those have come as a substitute. Beginning with the trip to Bristol Rovers on Saturday, Yussuf will miss subsequent matches against Portsmouth, Wycombe, Northampton and Hartlepool. Mansfield are 10th in League Two but just two points shy of the play-off places.

“We are very disappointed by the length of ban received,” said the Mansfield manager, Adam Murray. “While the football club does not, in any way, condone the isolated ‘act’ which has previously been reported, it should be borne in mind that Adi has stated that he was given alleged guidance by both a steward and unused substitutes from Plymouth Argyle as to where to perform this act, which was at the back of the Plymouth stand and out of public view.

“At this time Adi was an unused substitute and was warming up on the touchline at the far end of Home Park and furthermore, the water closets at this ground are a fair distance away. Without in any way excusing the player’s act, Adi did follow instructions by three Plymouth employees, at a venue which was unfamiliar to him. It must be re-emphasised that the club would never support this type of action. Adi has been disciplined by the club, fully reminded of his responsibilities in no uncertain terms and warned of his future conduct in such circumstances.”

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Mansfield Town: 5 match ban takes the p**s
http://the72.co.uk/49759/mansfield-town-5-match-ban-takes-the-ps/?
BY GRAHAM SMEATON ON MAR 11, 2016

Paula Radcliffe’s unscheduled ‘pit-stop’ during the London Marathon in 2005 made her into something of a media cause celebre. Squatting mid-run, Radcliffe relieved herself in front of the cameras and the watching millions from a worldwide television audience.

Whilst the act may have been the same, the reaction hasn’t for Mansfield Town centre forward Adi Yussuf, according the The Herald, after he relieved himself during the February 13 game against Plymouth Argyle. Zanzibar-born Yussuf, who came through the ranks of Premier League leaders Leicester, was caught short during the Argyle game and decided to take a leak.

Following the advice of Plymouth substitutes and an Argyle steward, the unfortunate Yussuf snuck off the pitch to relieve himself and, as a result, has now copped a five-match ban and a £700 fine to boot.

After allegedly being directed by Plymouth Argyle substitutes and a steward to behins a stand, the unfortunate Mansfield player was like a Stag in the headlights as he emptied his bladder in front of shocked, disabled Plymouth supporters.

The player was reported by an Argyle fan in the Disabled Access area who, at the time in a statement to the club said, “During the first half of the match Mansfield substitute Adi Yussuf was warming up on the touchline right in front of the disabled zone (where I sit with my friend). He said something to Plymouth Argyle substitutes Rooney and Purrington before walking over to the piece of disused land between the disabled zone and the Devonport End and took a wee. This was right in front of everyone in the Disabled section. Myself and the lady who works in the refreshments area witnessed it as well as some others and we reported it to the stewards. They later took a statement and reported it to the Referee.”

Whilst not condoing the act from Yussuf, Stags boss Adam Murray spoke about the length of the ban saying, “It must be re-emphasised the club would never support this type of action. Adi has been disciplined by the club, fully reminded of his responsibilities in no uncertain terms and warned of his future conduct in such circumstances. However, the punishment, in my view, is harsh and very disappointing. It will obviously have a knock-on effect heading into our remaining 11 matches in our bid for a play-off place and will limit our attacking options.”

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