Confirmed: O’Donovan to learn fate for Grand Final red card

Newcastle Jets striker Roy O’Donovan will face an independent Hyundai A-League Disciplinary and Ethics Committee hearing on Tuesday to learn his punishment for his red card in the Hyundai A-League Grand Final.

O’Donovan was sent off in the dying minutes of last weekend’s decider – which the Jets lost 1-0 - for his high kick to the face of Melbourne Victory goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas.

The league's MRP referred the incident to the independent disciplinary and ethics committee to determine the suspension beyond the automatic one-match ban.

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It was the Irishman’s second red card of the campaign following his dismissal in the Round 22 win over Sydney FC for an incident with Jordy Buijs.

O’Donovan received a two-game ban for that offence.

He has also served an eight-game ban in the Hyundai A-League before during his time at Central Coast, for head-butting Wellington Phoenix’s Manny Muscat.

A statement released by the FFA on Friday said: “The independent Disciplinary and Ethics Committee hearing relates to an incident involving O’Donovan which occurred in or around the 93rd minute of the Hyundai A-League 2018 Grand Final between Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory on Saturday, 5 May 2018.

“The independent Match Review Panel (MRP), at a hearing on 7 May 2018, regarded the incident as constituting the offence of serious foul play (e.g. when challenging for the ball) and has referred the incident to the independent Disciplinary and Ethics Committee for hearing regarding what sanction should apply over and above the mandatory match suspension (which must always be served).

“The MRP had the authority to consider the incident as O’Donovan was issued with a direct Red Card by the referee.”

The hearing will take place at FFA headquarters, commencing at 5.30pm (AEST).

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