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FA confirm lengthy suspension for Liverpool youngster after Manchester United controversy



Liverpool teenager Luca Furnell-Gill is serving a ban after being charged by the FA for violent conduct when playing for under-18s.

Liverpool youngster Luca Furnell-Gill is serving a lengthy suspension after admitting a disciplinary charge following the controversial clash with Manchester United earlier this year.

Furnell-Gill was banned for five games by the Football Association after accepting the claim of violent conduct during the Under-18 Premier League North match at United’s Carrington training base on January 30.

The 17-year-old defender was caught on camera involved in an ongoing spat with Manchester United forward Ethan Wheatley during the second half of the game, which Liverpool lost 4-3.

The Liverpool youngster was seen turning to aim a punch towards Wheatley as he chased opposing player Ethan Williams in the build-up to United’s second goal, and later clashed with the same player and aimed an elbow during the altercation. Both players were spoken to by the referee but ultimately went unpunished.

Liverpool subsequently addressed the matter internally, and the ECHO understands the player was extremely contrite after the game and that Academy director Alex Inglethorpe contacted Manchester United counterparts the morning after the game to apologise.

Furnell-Gill hasn’t played since the United game, after which the Reds have had four matches including the FA Youth Cup win over Fulham and exit from the competition at Leeds United last weekend.

He joined Liverpool from Preston North End at U15 level and made his U18s debut as an U16 player last season, and is presently a first-year scholar with the U18 squad.

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