Hitman Holt hit with an 18-month, 70-game ban

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Kevin Holt has been handed an 18-month ban from all football for assaulting referee Rob Cusick during a PFA Sunday Senior Cup tie earlier this year.

Premier Decorators player Holt was dismissed by Cusick early in the second-half of the tie against Bretton North End with his side 2-0 down.

Holt will not be able to return to football until May 31, 2016. Assaulting an official can lead to a life ban.

Prem Decs manager Chris Bartlett attended the disciplinary hearing at Hunts FA with Holt.

He said: “Kevin showed remorse at the hearing and explained some of the problems he was having personally at the time.

“He knows he did wrong and he has accepted his punishment, which in fairness could have been much worse. It’s effectively a 70-game ban though.

“Kevin will use the time off to work on his problems with referees. In the meantime I hope he can stay in the game in some sort of coaching role.”

Prem Decs replay the tie against Bretton North End this Sunday at Bretton Park, a decision that irritated their opponents who were expecting to be put through to the semi-finals.

“I can see where they are coming from,” Bartlett admitted. “But it wasn’t our decision. It was only 2-0 with 35 minutes to go and teams have been known to come back from that before.

“We’re happy to still be in the cup, but I can understand Bretton’s anger.”

Brotherhoods player Gareth Jones has picked up a six-game ban following an alleged spitting offence, also against Cusick, in a game against Netherton Reserves.