Newcastle Jets defender Tiago and Wellington Phoenix’s Manny Muscat have both been given four-match suspensions following their involvement in a brawl during a pre-season friendly.
Newcastle Jets defender Tiago Calvano and Wellington Phoenix-s Manny Muscat have both been given four-match suspensions following their involvement in a brawl during a pre-season friendly between the two Hyundai A-League clubs.
In a serious blow to Wellington's pre-season preparations, two more Phoenix defenders have also been sanctioned, with Ben Sigmund receiving a three-match ban, while club captain Durante will miss two games.
The rulings have been handed down by the independent Match Review Panel, following a special meeting to respond to the events in Newcastle last weekend.
The match erupted when Tiago fouled Muscat, who responded by throwing a punch, sparking an altercation between both teams.
Tiago, Muscat and Sigmund were all shown a straight red card.
Head of the Hyundai A-League Damien de Bohun was adamant the sort of behaviour which was on display is something he does not wish to see in football.
“This kind of unprofessional and unsportsmanlike behaviour has no place in our game,” said de Bohun.
“Having been involved in football for a long time it is very disappointing to witness the on-field incident that occurred on Saturday as it detracts from our sport - a sport built on speed, skill and flair”.
“I look forward to meeting with each Hyundai A-League Club before the season commences and reinforce not only our expectations on the professionalism of the sport but ways in which we can work together to grow the game.”
Wellington have already responded by fining their three players an undisclosed sum, saying in a statement, “Notwithstanding the play that led to the incidents, the club in no way condones any kind of retribution or fighting in a match. It is totally unacceptable and we have taken action immediately following the match.”
In accordance with the Hyundai A-League Disciplinary Regulations, the players will serve their respective suspensions in FFA sanctioned and approved Pre-Season matches and, if applicable, the Hyundai A-League Regular Season.