Date: 18th March 2014 at 8:57pm
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Following on from the news that Torquay United had appealed Joss Labadie’s charge for allegedly biting a player, the player has decided today to withdraw that ‘allegedly’ aspect of the story and accept the charge against him.

After receiving the written reasons for the charge and ban from the Independent Regulatory Panel, Torquay had until 6pm last night to appeal the ban and they did so.

However a statement from the club basically confirms that Labadie has changed his mind this morning, and will now not be appealing.

The 23 year old will now serve a ten match ban for biting Ollie Banks, meaning he has missed tonight’s game against Bury and he will be ineligible for all of our remaining games this season as we battle to stay in League Two.

The statement reads.

‘Torquay United can confirm that Joss Labadie has decided to withdraw his appeal and accept the FA charge for misconduct. Joss will now serve his ten match ban with immediate affect.’

Of course, with any appeal taking potentially up to a month to be heard it would’ve meant Labadie would’ve remained in contention to play his part in our relegation battle for the remainder of the season – or at least the vast majority of it – but had the appeal then failed, he would then have had to serve the ban at a later date.

This will now not be the case and I believe he starts next season fresh, as he will have served all ten games in the remainder of this campaign.