The independent Match Review Panel (MRP) - consisting of Simon Micallef (Chair), Alan Contini and Alan Davidson - reconvened today to consider a Citation Incident involving Harry Novillo of Melbourne City FC (the Player) which arose during half-time at Melbourne City FC’s match against Adelaide United on Friday, 8 April 2016.
The Player was cited by the MRP in accordance with the Hyundai A-League Disciplinary Regulations (Regulations). In reviewing the Citation Incident during this afternoon’s meeting, the MRP took into consideration all of the available evidence, including the submissions lodged by Melbourne City FC on behalf of the Player.
The MRP determined that the Player committed the offence of Assault on a Player (e.g. violent conduct when not challenging for the ball). The MRP has proposed a sanction of two (2) matches (comprising the Mandatory Match Suspension plus one (1) additional match, being the minimum sanction for the offence).
Under the Regulations, the Player may refer the matter to the Disciplinary Committee for hearing and determination of the sole question of sanction. The Player has until 12:00pm (AEST) Wednesday 13 April 2016 to advise whether he wishes to do so.