Date: 23rd February 2017 at 7:44am
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Danny Webb doesn’t condone what Liam Kelly did at Plymouth recently but the Leyton Orient boss feels the ban issued was ‘excessive’ whereas three games would have been acceptable.

Plymouth reported the Orient captain to the Football Association following the O’s 3-2 win at Home Park on 14th February – a cynic wonders if they would have had they not been beaten – with Kelly eventually suspended for six games.

Commenting on the punishment Webb told BBC Radio London.

‘I think it’s extremely excessive, when you look at the past cases. For me it was a three-match ban, but to go to six, I feel like we’re being used as an example just to try and stop people doing that. You shouldn’t do it, and Liam shouldn’t have done it, but for me it’s excessive.’

Webb went on to question the decision of Plymouth to push so hard for a punishment.

‘The referee – did he see it, did he not? Who knows. Plymouth definitely saw it, and I think that’s the most disappointing thing, that a club that hold such high moral standards as Plymouth have got the nerve to criticise, to try and make a bigger thing out of something.’

Kelly’s suspension began in the 3-2 defeat at relegation rivals Notts County last Saturday and will continue for the next five, which include further crucial relegation battles with Cheltenham, Newport and Accrington.

There’s better news with Tom Parkes though as physio Peter Webb has confirmed the recent injury sustained by the defender isn’t as bad as feared.

He told the Official Website.

‘During Saturday’s game defender Tom Parkes was taken to hospital for checks on his pelvis, as during primary assessment on field, we thought there was a chance it was a serious injury. It was not as bad as we thought which is a positive for us all, although very painful for him currently. The medical department will look to get Tom back in a Leyton Orient shirt soon.’

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