Adelaide United FC striker Jeronimo Neumann is available to line up against Brisbane Roar on Sunday after Football Federation Australia’s independent Match Review Panel (MRP) upheld the red card given to Wellington Phoenix defender Ben Sigmund.
The MRP convened this afternoon to consider the incident involving Sigmund in or around the 77th minute of Wellington Phoenix’s match against Adelaide United on Saturday evening.
The MRP has the authority to consider the incident as the player was issued with a direct red card. In reviewing the incident and an Obvious Error Application submitted on behalf of the player, the MRP determined that there was no Obvious Error within the meaning in the A-League Disciplinary Regulations (Regulations), Obvious Error being “a decision by the Referee to…..issue a Red Card when no card was warranted….being a decision that no referee in the possession of all the facts, including all Broadcast Footage, could reasonably have made.”
The MRP confirmed that Sigmund will serve the Mandatory Match Suspension of one (1) match and therefore will be unavailable for this weekend’s match against Melbourne Victory. As the MRP did not uphold the Obvious Error Application, there was no basis under the Regulations to conduct a post match review for possible Simulation.