Fallon kicks up more trouble

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Kieran Fallon, whose history of disciplinary problems in Britain culminated in a six-month ban last winter for pulling fellow rider Stuart Webster from the saddle, has found trouble in India.

Fallon was punished for "unprofessional conduct" by the Royal Calcutta Turf Club after being found guilty of pushing and kicking a local rider. The incident took place after Fallon, 30, had finished second in the Calcutta St Leger on Misty Melody, who had already won the course's Oaks and Derby.

Anjan Gupta, the track's manager, said: "Fallon pushed an Indian rider in a bad manner and kicked him from the rear. He has been fined 5,000 rupees [pounds 100] and banned for a day."

Another British jockey, Nicky Connorton, was fourth in the race. "I think it was done out of frustration," he said. "It didn't go down too well with the crowd who were furious."