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Sunderland considering appeal over Jamie McAllister's six-game touchline ban

Sunderland are considering an appeal after assistant head coach Jamie McAllister was hit with a six-game ban for his role in the Tunnelgate clash with Oxford United last month.

McAllister and Oxford boss Karl Robinson - along with both clubs - were both charged by the FA following the explosive encounter at the Stadium of Light on Good Friday.

Players and staff from both clubs were involved in a confrontation in the tunnel at half-time, and again at full-time, with Robinson claiming that his goalkeeper Jack Stevens had been headbutted by one of the Sunderland contingent in the fracas at the interval.

The FA has yet to confirm any sanctions, but Oxford announced today that Robinson has been fined and handed a four-match touchline ban for his part in events at full-time, and he was absent from the bench for his side's game against Burton Albion today.

McAllister was not at the Stadium of Light today and, while there was no explanation before the game, afterwards Johnson revealed that his longtime assistant had been given a six-game ban, comprising a three-game stadium ban and a further three-game touchline ban, although the club may appeal against that penalty.

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