Macarthur FC’s Yianni Nicolaou sanctioned after A-League match incident

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On Monday, 15 April 2024, an independent Match Review Panel (MRP) – consisting of Simon Micallef (Chair), Alan Contini and Alan Davidson – convened to consider incidents arising over the course of the Isuzu UTE A-League Men matches played between Friday, 12 April 2024 and Sunday, 14 April 2024. The MRP considered one incident in relation to Yianni Nicolaou of Macarthur FC.

The independent MRP considered an incident in or around the 73rd minute of Macarthur FC’s Isuzu UTE A-League Men match against Adelaide United FC on Friday, 12 April 2024, in which defender Mr Nicolaou received a direct Red Card.

In accordance with the A-Leagues Disciplinary Regulations, the MRP has the authority to consider the incident as Nicolaou was issued with a direct Red Card by the referee.

The MRP determined that Nicolaou committed the offence of “Assault on a Player (e.g. violent conduct when not challenging for the ball) or against any other person other than a Match Official including an attempted assault”. The minimum sanction for the offence is two matches, being the Mandatory Match Suspension plus one additional match.

The MRP confirmed that Nicolaou will serve a suspension of two matches, being the minimum sanction for the offence, before becoming eligible for selection should Macarthur progress to the 2023/24 Isuzu UTE A-League Men Finals Series.  

Football Australia confirmed that there were no other incidents arising from the Isuzu UTE A-League Men and Liberty A-League Women matches over this period which resulted in match suspensions.

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