Date: 19th July 2006 at 5:37pm
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Orient face a defensive nightmare come August 5th with the revelation that O`s skipper John Mackie has been handed a four match ban by the F.A. after incidents after the game at Oxford United.

The Orient skipper was charged for happenings after the game, a game that saw Orient win automatic promotion for the first time in 36 years. Mackie has been charged with: (1) Whilst undergoing post-match drug testing, using abusive and/or insulting and/or threatening words or behaviour and (2) improper conduct.

Mackie has admitted to the charges and was handed a four game ban on top of a £500 by the Football Association.

The club are currently considering whether to appeal against the judgement.

With Mackie suspended for the opening four games and Martin Ling already lacking cover with the departure of Gaby Zakuani, Orient will step up their chase for a central defender. The timing of the FA seems rather ridiculous as the incident occurred back in May, however, unless Mackie is successful on appeal, he will sit out the games against Port Vale, Millwall, Bournemouth and Carlisle.