An independent Disciplinary and Ethics Committee hearing will be held on Tuesday, 28 November 2017 at Football Federation Australia’s offices (Level 22, 1 Oxford St, Darlinghurst) commencing at 5:30pm (AEDT) in relation to a matter involving Adelaide United Player Michael Marrone (Marrone).
The independent Disciplinary and Ethics Committee hearing relates to an incident which occurred in and around the 115th minute of the Westfield FFA Cup Final 2017 played between Sydney FC and Adelaide United on 21 November 2017, for which Marrone was issued with a direct red card by the Referee.
In accordance with the Westfield FFA Cup Competition Regulations, FFA issued a Disciplinary Notice to Marrone for engaging in serious unsporting conduct and referred the incident to the independent Disciplinary and Ethics Committee for hearing and determination of the sole question of what sanction should be imposed above the minimum sanction (if any)
The minimum sanction for serious unsporting conduct is the mandatory match suspension.
As Marrone was issued with a direct red card, Marrone must serve a match suspension of at least one match and therefore he is ineligible to play in Adelaide United’s Hyundai A-League Round 8 match against the Western Sydney Wanderers FC on Sunday, 26 November 2017.