Newcastle's Matt Ritchie handed two game ban - ending his season with just Cardiff and Barnsley to come

Matt Ritchie
Matt Ritchie

Matt Ritchie's season is over after the Newcastle wideman was handed a two-game ban by the Football Association.

Ritchie will serve the ban with immediate effect after admitting an FA misconduct charge relating to United's 1-1 home draw with Leeds United a fortnight ago.

The Scotland international was alleged to have used abusive or insulting words towards a match official in the tunnel after the conclusion of the St James's Park clash, a game which Chris Wood nabbed a late equaliser to hand promotion advantage to leaders Brighton.

Having accepted his guilt Ritchie was today fined £5,000 by the Independent Regulatory Commission.

He will miss the Magpies remaining two games of the season - at Cardiff City tomorrow and the last home game of the season against Barnsley on Sunday week.