Coldstream striker Jack Hay has been handed a six- match ban for a comment he made on social media.
The summer signing has been hit with the suspension by the Scottish Football Association for a Tweet he made after a pre-season friendly away to Whitley Bay Reserves in August.
The comment is understood to have referred to an incident which took place during the match between one of Hay’s teammates and an opponent.
The post has since been taken down from his Twitter account, but Hay has been punished after being found guilty of breaching SFA rules on social media.
A disciplinary tribunal at Hampden Park handed Hay a six-match immediate suspension, the first of which he served last Saturday when Coldstream took on Craigrosyton.
The ex-Gala Fairydean striker, who signed for Coldstream in the summer after spending last season playing rugby for Melrose, won’t be available again until late November.
Hay has also been given a further two-match ban suspension until the end of the season. This will only take effect if he breaches the same rule again.
Coldstream chairman Steve Wright said: “He’s been made an example of. The SFA must be setting a precedent for this type of offence at our level. If this is the length of ban, it should be applied to everyone equally. It is a warning to everyone in East of Scotland football.
“For a club our size, a six-match ban is a big blow. But the decision has been made. We must respect it.”