ACCRINGTON Stanley and Ray Putterill have both decided to contest FA charges after the midfielder played in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy while serving a suspension – and the Reds want the ban put on hold for now.

Both the club and the 21-year-old were charged after Putterill played and scored in the JPT victory at Tranmere on August 31 – just 24 hours after he was supposed to start a 42-day ban for swearing at a referee in a Liverpool County Premier League match for Halewood last season.

Stanley and Putterill insist they were unaware of the suspension and both have now requested personal hearings to protest their innocence.

It is unclear at this stage how soon the hearing will take place and Stanley have asked for Putterill’s suspension to be put on hold until that time, although the FA are yet to respond to that request.