FA remind Kelly Smith of her responsibilities after blog attack on Sunderland’s Abby Holmes

Sunderland defender Abby Holmes
Sunderland defender Abby Holmes

KELLY Smith’s verbal attack on Sunderland defender Abby Holmes has taken a new turn today.

The Football Association have reminded the Arsenal striker of “her responsibilities” to the game while Sunderland have broken their silence on the situation and said that Holmes is “taking legal advice”.

Abby strongly refutes claims that there was any malicious intent in the challenge

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Smith hit out at the Lady Black Cats full-back after being ruled out for “three to four months” following ligament damage in her right leg.

The Arsenal and England star had been brought down by Holmes 18 minutes from time in the Women’s Super League 1 match between the clubs at Borehamwood last month.

Smith last week publicly accused Holmes of trying to do her “serious damage”, called the challenge “disgraceful” and said the defender is “clearly not good enough to be playing at this level”.

Today an FA spokesman said the governing body had “formally contacted Kelly Smith to remind her of her responsibilities.”

A spokesperson for Sunderland AFC Ladies today said: “We reported Kelly Smith to the FA as we believe that her public statement is a breach of FA Regulations and the Player’s Code of Conduct.

“Abby strongly refutes claims that there was any malicious intent in the challenge or that it was pre-meditated.

“Furthermore, she is taking legal advice regarding the nature of the remarks and as such it would be inappropriate to comment further at the present time.”