Glenavon blow as Bradley is handed a six-game ban
The Irish FA have confirmed that Glenavon striker Eoin Bradley must serve a six-match suspension for an alleged head-butting offence.
The 32-year-old has been hit with the lengthy ban after being sent off by referee Raymond Hetherington following a clash with Crusaders captain Colin Coates during a 1-1 draw at Seaview 11 days ago.
Bradley protested his innocence regarding a head-butt after the match and said: "Colin Coates is supposed to be one of the hard players in the Irish League, but when he goes down like that you have to wonder.
"He did his job and got me sent off."
Bradley's suspension will kick in next Monday, but he will, in fact, miss Glenavon's next seven matches as he is also banned for this Saturday's trip to Linfield after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Carrick Rangers a fortnight ago.
He has already sat out one game, last Monday night's defeat to Glentoran, because of the red card.
Bradley has scored 17 goals in 25 league appearances this season - including two in last Saturday's 4-1 derby victory over Portadown - and his absence will be a big blow to Glenavon as they chase a top-three finish in the Danske Bank Premiership.
He will miss all of their remaining four matches before the split and is also suspended for Saturday week's Irish Cup quarter-final clash at home to Loughgall.
Should Glenavon win that game, Bradley will also be banned for the semi-final as that would see him complete the suspension.