Ban rules Ognenovski out of FFA Cup tie

Sydney FC defender Sasa Ognenovski will miss tonight’s FFA Cup match against Adelaide United after being found guilty of “serious unsporting conduct” during Saturday’s epic Sydney derby.

The Sky Blues were notified just four hours before kick-off that Ognenovski would have to sit out the match.

The 35-year-old was an uncertain starter for tonight anyway, given the short three-day turnaround from the derby.

And questions have been raised as to whether an A-League ban would have been a more appropriate sanction.

Ogenenovski took a swipe at the back of the head of Vitor Saba after the Western Sydney Wanderers player was involved in an ugly studs-up challenge on Sky Blues midfielder, Terry Antonis.

On Tuesday afternoon the independent Match Review Panel considered submissions from Sydney FC and decided a minimum one-match ban was warranted for Ognenovski’s actions.

Sydney FC responded this afternoon saying it would let the matter rest.

“Although we are disappointed with the ruling of the Match Review Panel we accept the decision and will not be appealing,” Chief Executive Officer Tony Pignata said.

Saba, who received a straight red for his challenge was also hit with the minimum one-match ban.

Former Socceroo and Asian Player of the Year, Ognenovski was at his most combative during a thrilling derby which saw the Sky Blues clawback a two-goal deficit to win the match 3-2.

More than 41,200 filed through the gates at Allianz Stadium to watch the fiery encounter, setting a new regular season ground record for any football code.

Sydney and Adelaide will face-off at 7.30pm tonight in a do or die bid to make the FFA Cup semi-final.