Outcome of independent Match Review Panel – A-League 2020/21 (Wellington Phoenix FC v Central Coast Mariners FC)
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The independent Match Review Panel (MRP) – consisting of Simon Micallef (Chair), Alan Davidson and Adam D’Apuzzo – convened on Monday, 15 February 2021 to consider an incident involving David Ball (Ball) of Wellington Phoenix in or around the 27th minute of Wellington Phoenix’s A-League Match Week 8 fixture against Central Coast Mariners on Sunday, 14 February 2021.
In accordance with the A-League Disciplinary Regulations (the Regulations), the MRP has the authority to consider the incident as Ball was issued with a direct Red Card by the Referee.
The MRP determined that Ball committed the offence of “Serious foul play (e.g. when challenging for the ball)”. The minimum sanction for the offence is one (1) match, being the Mandatory Match Suspension. The MRP proposed a sanction of two (2) matches, being the minimum sanction for the offence plus one (1) additional match.
Under the Regulations, Ball may refer the matter to the independent Disciplinary and Ethics Committee for hearing and determination of the sole question of either:
- what additional sanction should be imposed above the minimum sanction (inclusive of the Mandatory Match Suspension which must always be served), applying the Range at the Table of Offences; or
- whether Exceptional Circumstances apply and therefore a sanction outside the Range at the Table of Offences should be imposed, provided always that the Mandatory Match Suspension must be served.
Ball has until 2:00pm (AEDT) on Tuesday, 16 February 2021 to advise whether he wishes to appeal the two (2) match sanction proposed by the MRP.