Kieran O'Hara Charged With Biting Peterborough Player By FA

Kieran O'Hara Charged With Biting Peterborough Player By FA

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Kieran O'Hara has been charged by the FA with allegedly biting an opponent during a League One game at the weekend.

O'Hara, on loan at Burton Albion from Manchester United, reportedly bit Peterborough midfield Sammie Szmodics in the 44th minute of a 1-1 draw at the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday.

A social media post appears to show O'Hara biting Szmodics on the shoulder while defending a corner kick.

Szmodics reportedly complained about the incident to match referee Brett Huxtable at the time, but he took no action.

Peterborough did not lodge an official complaint with the FA over the incident.

However, the FA have since charged O'Hara with a breach of FA Rule E3. 

It is alleged that the goalkeeper’s behaviour during the 44th minute of the EFL League One fixture against Peterborough United FC on Saturday 29 February amounts to violent and/or improper conduct.


O'Hara has until Friday to respond to the charges.

Burton confirmed that they are contesting the charge but offered no further comment.

O'Hara has played a key role for Burton Albion this season. The 23-year-old has played every minute for the Brewers in their League One campaign and also made two appearances for Ireland under Mick McCarthy.

The Manchester United loanee made his senior international debut in a 3-1 win over Bulgaria in September. He made his first start in a November friendly with New Zealand of the same scoreline.

O'Hara has also made 12 appearances for Ireland's under-21s and almost singlehandedly kept Macclesfield in the Football League last season. The English-born 'keeper won the club's player of the year award for his efforts.


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