Perth Glory will be without their Captain for its next two matches against Brisbane Roar and Wellington Phoenix, after the Independent Match Review Panel (MRP) today handed out a two match suspension to Jacob Burns following an incident in Saturday night’s match against Central Coast Mariners.
On Monday the MRP reviewed television footage of an incident between Jacob Burns and John Hutchinson in the 44th minute of the match, which resulted in a free kick to Central Cost Mariners and the referee issuing a yellow card to John Hutchinson.
Based on its review of the footage, the MRP cited Jacob Burns for committing a Category 1 Offence “Assault on a Player (e.g. violent conduct when not challenging for the ball)" and today issued a Disciplinary Notice to Jacob Burns confirming a Category 1 Offence had been committed.
The minimum sanction of a two match suspension under the Hyundai A-League disciplinary regulations has been handed out.
Perth Glory Owner and Chairman Tony Sage was understandably livid with the situation
“It’s an absolute disgrace,” Perth Glory Owner and Chairman Tony Sage said.
“We will take all legal avenues open to us to ensure that Jacob plays this weekend,” he added.
Perth Glory CEO Jason Brewer was similarly disappointed with the outcome.
“It is very disappointing for the Club, our fans and of course Jacob himself, that the MRP have now issued him with a two match suspension.” Perth Glory CEO Jason Brewer said.
“We were obviously very surprised yesterday afternoon to have received notification from the MRP regarding this citation.”
“However in conjunction with Jacob and our advisors, we reviewed the television footage and submitted a very detailed response early this morning. To have now heard that the MRP have handed out this two match suspension to Jacob is frustrating and very difficult to take”.
“Clearly I am not happy with this, nor with the MRP process and we will certainly be working with our advisors and lawyers to determine what we can do,” he continued.
The Club will continue to review its options under the Hyundai A-League Disciplinary Regulations.