Elrich red overturned
The dismissal of Newcastle Jets defender Tarek Elrich in the 2-1 loss to Sydney has been quashed retrospectively by the Match Review Panel on Monday night.
The independent Match Review Panel (MRP) comprising Barry Such (Chair), Alan Davidson and Simon Micallef convened to consider the following matters from Round 7 of the Hyundai A-League:
• The MRP reviewed the Red Card issued to Tarek Elrich (Newcastle Jets) following Newcastle Jets submission of an "Obvious Error (Red Card) Application" seeking to challenge the Red Card issued to Elrich in the 89th minute of the match against Sydney FC. The MRP allowed the Application, deciding that, in possession of all the facts, neither a Red Card nor Yellow Card to Elrich was warranted. Elrich has had the Red Card expunged from his record.
• The MRP reviewed the penalty awarded to Newcastle Jets in the 22nd minute for possible Simulation by Fabio Vignaroli. The MRP determined that the Referee did not make an Obvious Error in awarding the penalty. The MRP decided that while the contact between Stuart Musalik and Fabio Vignaroli was minimal, the Referee was not deceived into awarding a penalty based solely on the reaction of Vignaroli.