Conor Clifford in action against St Patrick’s Athletic last month. PICTURE: BEN MCSHANE

DFC | Dundalk FC midfielder Clifford banned for six months

Lilywhites player won’t return to action until April 2018

The Football Association of Ireland can confirm that Dundalk FC midfielder Conor Clifford has received a six-month worldwide suspension from all football-related activities for betting offences.

The former Chelsea player is suspended from October 3, 2017 through to April 2, 2018 and was fined £600 by the English Football Association for 112 breaches of FA Rule E8, in which he admitted the charge.

All offences were committed in the United Kingdom before Clifford made the move back to Ireland.

The 26-year-old, who has made 10 league starts for Dundalk this season, was captain of the Chelsea side that won the FAI Youth Cup in 2010 and also had spells at at Plymouth, Notts County, Yeovil Town, Portsmouth, Crawley Town and Boreham Wood.

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