Outcome of independent Match Review Panel

The independent Match Review Panel (MRP), chaired by Barry Such, met in Sydney today to consider incidents arising from Round 17 of the Hyundai A-League.

The independent Match Review Panel (MRP), chaired by Barry Such, met in Sydney today to consider incidents arising from Round 17 of the Hyundai A-League.

The MRP determined the following:

- A sanction of one (1) match for Dylan Macallister (Central Coast Mariners) for his R6 Red Card for "use of offensive, insulting and abusive language". This is the minimum sanction for this offence under the Hyundai A-League Disciplinary Regulations.

- The MRP accepted it had authority to intervene in the matter between Joel Griffiths (Newcastle Jets) and Jon Hutchinson (Central Coast Mariners) as the incident escaped the attention of the referee. However, after reviewing all footage, the MRP unanimously determined that neither player was guilty of a Red Card offence.

- In relation to the incident between Danny Allsop (Melbourne Victory) and Sydney FC Head Coach, John Kosmina, the MRP accepted the matter did not escape the attention of the referee as it was ruled on by Matthew Breeze at the time it occurred. Accordingly, the MRP has no authority to intervene.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has today issued notices to Newcastle Jets and Central Coast Mariners alleging Team Misconduct arising out of the conduct of its players after their match last Friday night.

Under the Hyundai A-League Disciplinary Regulations, FFA can sanction a Club for Team Misconduct when its players engage in a melee. Each club has until the end of Friday 2 January 2009 to respond. Sanctions can include a reprimand, a fine or a deduction of points or a combination thereof.