Former Athlone Town manager Aaron Callaghan has been banned for six months from all football-related activities within the Republic of Ireland by the FAI for what they deem as being "offensive and intimidating towards match officials" while under a ban.

Callaghan, who resigned for personal reasons yesterday according to an Athlone statement, has received the punishment for the breach of five FAI rules.

The finding was made by their Independent Disciplinary Committee.

An FAI statement read:  "Whilst under the sanction of a two-match suspension, Mr. Callaghan ignored FAI Rules restricting him from entering the dressing room area, where his behaviour was deemed both offensive and intimidating towards match officials.

"The Disciplinary Committee, having considered the match officials' reports and written submissions furnished, found that Mr. Callaghan, as Athlone Town AFC manager, was in breach of the following FAI Rules:

"Part D, Section 2, Rule 13: Offensive Behaviour (April 20, 2018)

"Part D, Section 2, Rule 15: Intimidation/Threats (April 20, 2018)

"Part D, Section 12, Rule 90: Failure to Respect Decisions (April 20, 2018)

"Part D, Section 2, Rule 13: Offensive Behaviour (April 28, 2018)

"Part D, Section 12, Rule 90: Failure to Respect Decisions (April 28, 2018)."

The FAI said they will not be commenting further.